I am attempting to refresh childhood memories of trips from Chicago to Eureka, IL, the last leg of which was on the Pekin Express. If anyone can point me to timetables for the period 1940-1960 for this run, I would be most appreciative. I found an 1895 timetable at:
It seems to confirm my recollection that the service provided in a car similar to that illustrated at ran from Streator to Pekin, although the timetable starts in Chicago:
Here it is referred to as the Santa Fe Doodlebug, the name I recall being in common usage. I no longer recall the departure station or if the first leg from Chicago to Streator was provided by the AT&SF.
We sometimes made trips "down home" on the Rock Island Rocket to Peoria, but these necessitated someone having to drive from Eureka to Peoria to fetch us. We had two choices to get from Highland Park, a suburb north of Chicago. We could use the C&NW or the CM&NS electric interurban which used the Chicago elevated railway tracks in the city. I remember that sometimes we traveled from station to station in Parmalee Transfer Company limousines. I understand they had a city granted franchise for inter-station transportation and seem to recall that the service was one part of a physically very long railroad ticket.
Can anyone expand on my recollections?