Re: What's in a name


I suspect The use of "air line" in railroad names fell out of fashion after 1906, when theĀ  Chicago - New York Electric Air Line Railroad was organized. Initially proposed as a high speed double track line between it's namesake cities with NO curves, NO crossings at grade, and NO gradient steeper than one half percent. This fiasco was financed entirely through stock subscription, and it has often been suggested that the scheme was little more than a stock swindle, but construction did begin in 1907. By 1911 they had completed only fifteen miles, when the costs of building a massive fill over Coffy Creek, a minor waterway, drove the company bankrupt. Several branch lines did survive to become part of Gary Railways, an electric street railway company.

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Dennis Storzek

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