Santa Fe Chicago Steam Commuter trains

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Santa Fe Chicago Steam Commuter trains
Posted by SPer on Saturday, February 09, 2019 3:50 PM

I know railroads like SP,C&NW,Rock Island,Milwaukee,etc,Did Santa Fe ran Chicago steam commuter trains.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Monday, February 11, 2019 10:19 AM

As far as I'm aware, ATSF never ran any Chicago suburban trains, steam or diesel. 

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by rcdrye on Monday, February 11, 2019 12:13 PM

Santa Fe's "suburban" territory between Chicago and Joliet had stations at

12.8 McCook

17.4 Willow Springs

25.1 Lemont

29.3 Romeo

32.7 Lockport

37.5 Joliet

Joliet was served by Alton/GM&O and Rock Island.  Most ATSF trains ran non-stop between Dearborn Station and Joliet.  A few made flag stops - the Grand Canyon until discontinued in 1971.  All of the trains were long-distance, few ever ran in convenient commuter slots.  Until recently the territory between Chicago and Joliet on the ex-Santa Fe line was about as sparsely populated as anwhere in Chicagoland.


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Posted by MidlandMike on Monday, February 11, 2019 8:43 PM

The AT&SF closely paralleled the Alton so there was little need for duplicating local service.


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