Other than IC and CSS&SB, did Chicago or Chi railroads ever consider/plan electrification? Was anything ever actually started, other than the prior mentioned?
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nittany4 wrote:There's only one "they" that went on to the electrify the "entire" line and that's the PRR. Everything else I'd classify as terminal/tunnel electrification or suburban electrification (in the case of the NYC and LIRR, as an extension of terminal electrification). So considering the amount of suburban electtrication there was (NH, NYC, LIRR, DL&W, RDG, and IC), the PRR was the exception, not the rule (their "Standard Railroad" moniker not withstanding). And even PRR's mainline electrification was not an extension of the New York City terminal electrification which was 3rd rail just like the LIRR remains today. So in reality, no U.S. railroad has extended terminal or suburban electrification to a significant portion of their railroad outside those area.
Thanks, I assumed they used the electrics to haul the steam trains into the city, just like the PRR and I suppose NYC did into Manhattan... but then they eventually electrified the entire line;
CarterB wrote:Other than IC and CSS&SB, did Chicago or Chi railroads ever consider/plan electrification? Was anything ever actually started, other than the prior mentioned?There could be debate on this but the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin ran between Chicago, Auroro, Elgin and Batavia was
Noel Weaver wrote:We are kind of off topic on here but it is an interesting discussion. Another electrification that comes to mind is the CNRWhen I arrived in Montreal from Toronto 8 years ago I noticed some overhead in the throat leading to the station but didn't see if any trains were using it.
electrification through the Mount Royal Tunnel in Montreal. It was originally created as a way to get through trains in and
out of Montreal without having to use steam locomotives through the tunnel. Things changed over the years and the
electric motors are gone although some have been preserved but the railroad is today a commuter hauler north out of
Central Station, Montreal and has all new equipment among other things.