INTERURBAN RAILWAYS IN ILLINOIS

(EXCLUDING CHICAGO AND EAST ST. LOUIS AREAS)

Interurban Railway Map


BLOOMINGTON PONTIAC & JOLIET ELECTRIC RAILWAY

Interurban line:
Pontiac-Dwight (completed 1906)
Abandoned 1925

Local service: Pontiac


CENTRAL ILLINOIS TRACTION CO.

Incorporated in 1902 as Mattoon City Railway Co., sold 1910 to Central Illinois Public Service Co., with Central Illinois Traction Co. as subsidiary.

Interurban line:
Mattoon-Charleston (completed 1904)
Abandoned 1927

Replacement bus companies:
(Charleston-Paris bus extension 1926)
Central Illinois Traction Co. (1926-1931)
Terre Haute & Western Bus Line (1931-1935)
Illinois Transit Lines (1935-1958)
Crown Transit Lines (1958-1984)


COAL BELT ELECTRIC RAILWAY

Interurban line:
Herrin-Marion/Carterville (completed 1902)
Abandoned 1926


ILLINOIS CENTRAL ELECTRIC RAILWAY

Interurban line:
Lewiston-Canton-Farmington/Fairview (completed 1913)
Abandoned 1928

Local service: Canton


ILLINOIS TRACTION CO.
Incorporated in 1904, and over the next several years acquired various interurban and local street railway companies. In 1913, acquired Western Railways & Light Co. and its subsidiary companies. Interurbans reorganized 1937 to Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. The following are the most significant interurban companies acquired by Illinois Traction Co., basically operating between their namesake cities.

Danville, Urbana & Champaign Railway Co.
Illinois Central Traction Co. (Decatur-Springfield)
St. Louis & Springfield Railway Co.
Bloomington, Decatur & Champaign Railroad Co.
Peoria, Bloomington & Champaign Traction Co.
Peoria, Lincoln & Springfield Traction Co.

Controlled 1923-1934 by North American Light & Power Co., controlled 1934-1946 by North American Co.

Interurban lines:
Danville-Ridge Farm (constructed 1901-1905, discontinued 1936)
Danville-Catlin (constructed 1902, discontinued 1937)
Homer branch (constructed 1904, discontinued 1929)
Danville-Champaign (constructed 1902-1903, discontinued 1953)
Champaign-Decatur (constructed 1907, discontinued 1955)
Decatur-Springfield (constructed 1904, discontinued 1955)
Decatur-Bloomington (constructed 1905-1906, discontinued 1953)
Bloomington-Peoria (constructed 1907, discontinued 1953)
Peoria-Springfield (constructed 1906-1908, discontinued 1956)
Springfield-Granite City (constructed 1904-1906, discontinued 1956)
Granite City-St. Louis (constructed 1910, discontinued 1958)
Staunton-Hillsboro (constructed 1905, discontinued 1939)

Local service: Bloomington, Cairo, Champaign/Urbana, Danville, Decatur, Galesburg, Jacksonville, Peoria, Quincy

Western Railways & Light Co. included the Chicago Ottawa & Peoria Railway Co., which operated as the Illinois Valley Division, remaining isolated from the main portion of the Illinois Traction system.


KANKAKEE & URBANA TRACTION CO.

Interurban line:
Urbana-Rantoul-Paxton (completed 1916)
Abandoned 1926


KEOKUK ELECTRIC CO.

Interurban line:
Keokuk IA-Warsaw (completed 1913)
Abandoned 1928


MURPHYSBORO & SOUTHERN ILLINOIS RAILWAY

Interurban line:
Murphysboro-Carbondale (completed 1909)
Abandoned 1927


PEORIA & PEKIN TERMINAL CO.

Incorporated in 1899 as Peoria & Pekin Traction Co., reorganized 1924 as Peoria & Pekin Terminal Co.

Interurban line:
Peoria-Pekin (completed 1900)
Abandoned 1924


ROCK ISLAND SOUTHERN RAILWAY

Interurban lines:
Galesburg-Monmouth (completed 1906)
Monmouth-Rock Island (completed 1910)
Abandoned 1926


SOUTHERN ILLINOIS RAILWAY & POWER CO.

Interurban line:
Eldorado-Harrisburg-Carrier Mills (completed 1913)
Abandoned 1933

Replacement bus companies:
Saline Bus Line


SPRINGFIELD CLEAR LAKE & ROCHESTER RAILWAY

Incorporated in 1906 as Springfield Clear Lake & Rochester Railway, reorganized 1910 as Mississippi Valley Interurban Railway.

Interurban line:
Springfield-Rochester/Clear Lake (completed 1909)
Abandoned 1912


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