At one time, in some parts of the United States, a fascinating network of electric railways existed. Local and interurban routes connected with other routes, forming long unbroken chains of electric railways. Interurban railways were extensive in the Midwest, while many cities in the Northeast were close enough together for their local streetcar systems to interconnect. If one had time, one could travel quite far, strictly using local transit systems.
The Midwest had a major portion of the interurban railway mileage throughout the country, with the possibility of many long journeys. Unfortunately, very few of these journeys are longer possible with the present bus systems. Most of the bus systems replacing the interurban railways eventually became part of Greyhound. And after deregulation in the 1980's, Greyhound was allowed to abandon local routes, instead focusing on more profitable express routes operating via Interstate highways, serving only the largest cities.
Color coded maps illustrate the extensive interurban railway journeys, which were possible in the Midwest in the early 20th Century.
Schedules of interurban lines in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, from the August 1923 Russell's Official Eastern States Railway Guide.
Color coded maps illustrate the extensive interurban railway journeys, which were possible in the Northeast in the early 20th Century.