Shore Line Interurban Historical Society

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The magazine about the Chicagoland electric railways, past and present, published every three months by the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society

FIRST AND FASTEST magazine is the printed record of the electric railways in the Chicago - Milwaukee - South Bend territory.

"Wire Report," the news department, reports significant current developments of rail transit today. The rail system of the Chicago Transit Authority receives extensive coverage. We also keep you up-to-date on the South Shore Line passenger service of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

What's new with electric railway equipment and operation at the Illinois Railway Museum, the Fox River Trolley Museum, and the East Troy Electric Railroad? Even the North Shore Line, abandoned nearly 40 years ago, surprisingly develops current news! We take pride in presenting balanced, verified news reports with explanations how history has led to current developments.

Many readers consider historical features the heart of FIRST AND FASTEST. They've covered subjects as popular as the evolution of the Chicago streetcar system in the early years of CTA. Occasionally they've taken readers as far from the public view as an interurban electric railway that was never built.

FIRST AND FASTEST, a glossy-paper magazine, is richly illustrated with photographs and maps. Where else can you stand alongside a photographer as he records the action at a junction point in South Bend, Indiana in 1938 -- visit Aurora, Illinois when the Chicago Aurora and Elgin interurban still ran in the middle of Broadway -- check out the schedule of the North Shore Line's city streetcar service in Milwaukee -- or find maps that identify all the places featured in the articles?

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Shore Line Interurban Historical Society
PO Box 346
Chicago, IL 60690-0346