CHICAGO'S PASSENGER TRAINS

OF THE PAST

GRAND CENTRAL STATION

Intercity passenger trains serving Chicago in 1942, 1956, and 1971 immediately prior to the creation of Amtrak.

Trains are listed in order of time scheduled, with "am" and "pm" omitted except where necessary for clarity.

Origin and destination cities are as of 1942. Many trains had their routes shortened between then and 1971.

Train numbers continued from 1942 through 1971, unless assigned new numbers, preceding the 1956 times or 1971 times.

Train names were as of 1942. For certain trains in 1942 without names, the 1956 names are listed.


BALTIMORE & OHIO

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 10  New York Express      New York        9:50       11:00
  6  Capitol Limited       New York        3:50        4:15        3:50
 26  Columbian             Washington      3:55        3:55
 46  W. Va. Night Express  Wheeling        8:45   246  8:30
  8  Shenandoah            New York       10:15       10:00
 32                        Cumberland     11:25


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  9  Express               New York        7:05        6:30
 45  Chi. Night Express    Wheeling        7:45   245 11:00
  5  Capitol Limited       New York        8:30        7:00        9:05
 25  Columbian             Washington      9:05        7:20
 15  Blue Ridge Limited    Washington      1:40
  7  Shenandoah            New York        4:10        2:00


In 1969 upon closure of Grand Central Station, remaining trains transferred to North Western Station, until discontinuance by Amtrak in 1971.


PERE MARQUETTE/CHESAPEAKE & OHIO

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  6                        Grand Rapids   10:30
  8                        Grand Rapids    5:00        4:25 pm     6:05
 10  Resort Special        Grand Rapids    7:15   --   8:45 pm
  2  Night Express         Grand Rapids   11:30   10  11:20 pm


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  7  Night Express         Grand Rapids    5:30        5:30 am
  9  Resort Special        Grand Rapids    7:35   --   6:45 am
  3                        Grand Rapids    4:10
  5                        Grand Rapids    8:20    9  11:15 am    11:05


In 1969 upon closure of Grand Central Station, remaining trains transferred to North Western Station, until discontinuance by Amtrak in 1971.


CHICAGO GREAT WESTERN

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  1                        Kansas City     8:15 pm
  3  (Motor Train)         Oelwein        11:00 pm 7  11:30 pm


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  2  Minnesotan            Oelwein         8:45 am
  4  (Motor Train)         Oelwein         7:45 pm 8  7:15 pm



SOO LINE

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 17                        Duluth          5:50 pm    6:30 pm
  1                        Minneapolis     1:15 am    1:00 am


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 18                        Duluth          7:45 am    8:15 am
  2                        Minneapolis     9:55 pm    9:15 pm



Information is from "The Official Guide of the Railways" dated June 1942, May 1956, and from actual railroad timetables in effect in 1971.