On The Interurban
Big cities need efficient ways to move people.
By 1901, Elgin was a prosperous city. To that end, the Aurora, Elgin and Chicago
Railway Company was commissioned to build a third-rail line to commute
passengers between these three cities. Other stops, such as Wheaton, and Wayne
would be added later.
By 1909, cars would be added to the
line. These cars would help give it its nick name of the
"Roaring Elgin" with their abilities to travel at speeds of up to 80
miles per hour. Some would be quire opulent, having stain glass windows and
mahogany trim. Once such interurban car is being refinished by The Rockhill
Trolley Museum. Photos are available on their site.