December at CERA
Pittsburgh Railways Interurbans
1960 - 2015
Presented by Richard Aaron
Friday, December 23, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Lake Room Conference Center
525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
(Located between Congress Parkway and Harrison St.)
The Conference Center is located on the second floor. After entering the lobby, go through the glass doors on your left for stair and elevator access to the area. Doors open at 6 p.m.
During the summer of 1953, the Pittsburgh Railways interurbans to Washington and Charleroi were cut back to the Allegheny County line. Tonight’s program chronicles the surviving lines, the Library, Drake and Shannon routes, from the early 1960s, through conversion of some of the right-of-way into a joint busway/tramway in the 1970s, and finally to a modern state-of-the-art light rail system in the 2000s.
Tonight’s presenter enrolled in an engineering school in Pittsburgh in 1959. Obviously, this provided access to these routes and the ability to see some of the unusual events on the lines. After graduation in 1963, Pittsburgh was re-visited every few years to record the changes to rail operations.
The CERA Newscast
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