Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Size: 8vo - over 7 3/4" - 9 3/4" tall
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Publish Place: Chicago, IL
Publish Date: 2007
In 1884. the Joliet, Aurora and Northern Railroad was formed to connect the growing industrial cities of Joliet and Aurora. This system evolved into the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway. By 1893, it encircled Chicago and Waukegan, via Joliet, to Porter Indiana. The railroad developed into a prosperous subsidiary of U.S. Steel at the beginning of the 20th century. it primarily served the steel mills and facilities of its parent company and as a bridge route between the many Chicago railroads it crossed. It has also been an industrial innovator. It was one of the first Class 1 railroads to completely convert to diesel locomotive power in 1949 and the first in the world to install an automatic, electrically operated car retarder yard in 1952. Today it is the same prosperous railroad it was over 120 years ago, serving the rail transportation needs of its online customers and as an even more important bridge route for the regional railroads.
The photographs presented in this book come from prominent railroad photographers as well as many from the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern's employee magazine.