WHAT'S NEW AT CERA
IN-PERSON PROGRAM SEPT. 23, 2022 at 7 p.m. CDT.
Club Room at 899 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago
We have looked at the Ft. Wayne van Wert and Lima as part of our recent Ohio electric and Ft. Wayne trolley programs. So for our September 23, 2022 meeting presenter Bill Van Doren will look at it in detail.
The line was a key bridge route between Ohio and Indiana which operated independently for only the first six months while its track was being completed. Beginning with the predecessor Lima Delphos and Ft. Wayne Traction Co. and the Ft. Wayne van Wert and Lima Traction Company we will follow through the Ohio Electric years and the operation and abandonment by Indiana Service. We will look at its cars, its route, the great 1913 Midwest flood and its two spectacular wrecks.
Freight traffic was important. In 1929, it moved 288 car loads of stone to a material yard on the ISC north of Ft. Wayne.
There will be a glimpse of the beautiful museum-quality model on display at the Van Wert Historical Society. This promises to be an interesting, detailed look at the line to flesh out our previous overviews.
Our in-person meetings are held at 7 p.m. Central on the fourth Friday of the month September through June at the Club Room at 899 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago.
The Next CERA Program: Oct. 14, 2022
The Zoom programs begin at 7 p.m. (Central) and all are welcome by going to:
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TROLLEYS TO THE BOARDWALK
Order CERA Bulletin B-151 today!
The highly anticipated new book from CERA, Trolleys to the Boardwalk is now available. It is being shipped as a benefit of membership to all who were members in 2018.
We also have books in hand at our Chicago offices and are ready to send them. Please click on Buy a Book to order.
B-151 is a history of Atlantic City Trolleys from 1854 to 1955, written by James J.N. Henwood, who ecounts the story of trolley operation in Atlantic City, from humble horse cars to the modern Brilliners.
Originally conceived of as a seaside shipping port, Atlantic City’s developers realized its potential for summer visitors seeking an escape from crowded cities to the inviting beaches of the Jersey Shore. Resorts and other businesses burgeoned, helped by the crowds brought to the city over three railroads.
Local transportation began with a simple horsecart service as well as a steam dummy operation. It was traction Pioneer Frank J. Sprague who electrified the city railway in 1889. Under the control of the Pennsylvania Railroad, lines were ultimately consolidated into the Atlantic City & Shore Railroad. Over the years AC&S operated the local Atlantic City trolley service and a short interurban—the Shore Fast Line-between Atlantic City and Ocean City. There was also another electric line in the area, the Atlantic City & Suburban, that led a troubled existence and suffered an early demise.
Come on board and ride back with us in time to relive Atlantic City’s colorful trolley era.For more railfan programming listings, visit:
CERA'S NEXT FANTRIP: IRM
Join CERA on Saturday, Sept. 24 as we relive the days of