Classic Railroad Quiz (at least 50 years old).

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Posted by rcdrye on Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:21 AM

Even though Cleveland Railways (and later Cleveland Transit System) did operate Shaker Rapid Transit, it was owned first by the Van Sweringens (as Cleveland Interurban Railroad) and later by the City of Shaker Heights and operated under contract.  Shaker Rapid Transit became part of RTA in 1975.  The unique aspect of Cleveland's 1910 arrangement was that return on investment was part of the cost used to calculate the fare base.  This was a big contrast with Chicago, where the companies underlying Chicago Surface lines remained in bankruptcy for years after the CSL was organized in 1913.

There was some concern over the years that Shaker Heights was getting too good a deal from Cleveland Railways, with 1200 series cars and others leased at below cost rates.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 10:33 PM

Reminder to OM.  Still waiting on you!

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