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1987 to Fall 2014 (Vol 1 to 29-2)



The Observation Platform

What is the Illinois Traction Society?
We Are the Illinois Terminal
Once Upon a Railroad
Illinois Terminal- East, West Divisions
Gone.. But Not Forgotten
How to Make the Flyer
Researching The Illinois Terminal
"Well, It Could Have Been........
The Illinois Terminal is Gone!
Then and Now
The East End Kid, George I. Wynn
Remember When??
Why was there an Obs. Platform?
Here we Grow Again!
Charles E. B. Wilson
Dear Observation
The Centennial Year
The Road that Personalized Service
The People who Tell the IT Story
Rails to Trails
A Reflection on An Engineer
The Personality of the Police Dept
Discovering the IT
The Importance of Being P.C. on IT
When I became an Illinois Terminal Fan
I Never Got to Know the IT
A Sense of History
W. Janssen: Knowledgeable Authority
Memories of a Railroad Man
Paul Stringham - Railfan Exemplar
Myths & Adventures on the IT
A Quick Glance Back
“Doc” Howard Blackburn: Railfan Deluxe
Transfer House-A Treasure of Decatur
An Evening with Mike Schafer
20 Years Later The ITSociety History
The IT: My American Dream
A Peoria Gateway inspiration
Springfield circa 1969
IT's Carlinville Section Gang
Frank Perkins: Trainmaster - Decatur
Raymond Reed: The Last Motorman
My First and Last Glimpse of the IT
Eugene F Moore “The Chief”
Jack Majors: Last Living IT Lineman
The People of the Illinois Terminal
How the IT Was Part of Their Lives
Lawrence Thomas: My Years on the IT
The Last Run: Ray Reed
Walter Heath, (Un)retiring Station Agent
My Veins/Cross Ties: Charles Gregory
Meet Mr. McKinley
A School Boy Rides the ITS in the 1920s
Nostalgia of a Former ITS Patron
Impression of IT's Peoria Station
What is the Illinois Traction Society?
Will IT’s Past be Prologue?


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Spring/Fall 96
Spring/Fall 97
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Spring 11
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Fall 13
Spring 14
Fall 14
Spring 15
Fall 15
Spring 16
Fall 16

The Archives

The Class "D"- Streamliner of Freight Motors
The Arrival of the Alco
The Illinois Terminal Streamliners
The SD39 - Pride of the Diesel Fleet
The Substation Story
The Alton Dinky (Railbus)
The Illini Trail (The CO&P)
The Bantam SW 1200 Workhorse
Parlor Car Service
Carrying the Markers (Cabooses)
The St. Louis & Alton
The Illinois Terminal GP-7
The Class "C"
The Block Signal
The Peoria Gateway
The IT Covered Wagon Trail (F7-A&B)
100 Years of The IT – Electric Era
100 Years of The IT – Diesel Era
Mainline Passenger Cars
Steeple Cab Power On the ITS
The Tale of Two Docks (Plus One)
The PCC: Streamliners of Streetcars
The Ultimate Road Power - GP38-2
The Class “B” Locomotive
The Interlockers and Crossings
The Great East Side Railway
The East St. Louis & Suburban and the Illinois Terminal
The "Traction" in Springfield
The Express Service
Illinois Terminal SW1500s
Peoria Railway Terminal
Kankakee & Urbana Traction
Springfield, Clear Lake & Rochester
Dispatching on the IT
The Elite Fleet 273-285
Iron Ore on the IT
The Lone Switcher SW8 (Roster)
The ITS in Decatur Part I (Electric era)
The ITS in Decatur Part II (Diesel era)
The Rise & Fall of Passenger Service
The Maintence of Way Dept.
The IT's Pennsylvania Secondary Line
The Peoria Gateway
The Illinois Terminal's Police Dept.
Alton and the Diesel Division
Sleeper Service on the Ilinois Traction
Movin' Black Diamonds on the Traction
The Time of the Streamliners
ITS Electric Division - St. Louis Gateway
IT and Alco (RS-1 & S-2)
IT: Then and Now-What Exists in 2011
Power to the People: The Overhead Department
GP7: The Changing of the Guard
The Passenger Conductor
The Class D: The Streamliner of Freight Motors
Wrecks, Derailments & Disasters
The Steam Division
The Pride of the Fleet: the SD39s
IT's Lone Wolf Switcher
Leasers on the Illinois Terminal
Substations of the Illinois Terminal
The Class “B”
The SW1200

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Spring/Fall 96
Spring/Fall 97
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Green Flags / White Flags

The Rise and Fall of the Streamliners 
The Urbana-Danville Run 
The 260 Series Passenger Motor 
Dining Car China of the IT 
Steam Operations on the ITC 
23 Cents per Hour, 63 Hours / Week 
IT Crew Assignments April 27, 1941
A Day of Reckoning - 25th Annual Meet
The "Golf Course Flyer"
Respondek IT Painted Locomotives
From the Farm to the IT and Back
Illinois Traction/Terminal Train Names

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The Roster

The Class "D" 
Alco RS1-S2 
The Streamliners 
SD39 
Substations 
Railbus and Grafton Line Equipment 
The 260 series Passenger Motor 
The SW 1200 
The Parlor Cars 
The Subways 
The Caboose Fleet 
The F-7 A & B Roster 
The Class “A” & “O” 
The IT’s Navy (Tugboats) 
Steam Locomotive #30-32 
St. Louis & Alton Cars 
F7 - A & B 
IT GP-7s 
The Class "C" 
The Block Signals 
Diesel Renumbering Program 
Passenger Car Roster 
The Class “A” and “O” 
The IT Navy; Tugboats 
The PCC 
The GP38-2 
The Class “B” 
Interlockers and Crossings 
Equipment of the East St. Louis & Suburban
Springfield On-Line Industries
Express Equipment
The SW 1500s
Ordnance Railroad Equipment
Peoria Railway Terminal Equipment
Kankakee & Urbana Traction
The Yard Limits
Motors 273-285 / Trailers 528-535
SW8
Decatur On-Line Industries
Location of Maintenace of Way Gangs
Passenger Train Abandonments
Sleeping Car Roster
The Motorcar
Coal Mines Served by the IT
IT Alcos: RS-1 & S-2
IT's Line Cars
The Class D
The Wreckers
The Steam Locomotive Roster
The SD39s
The Leaser Roster
Substations and Powerhouses
The Class “B”
The SW1200


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Spring/Fall 96
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Spring 00
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Spring 13
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Spring 16
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The Storeroom

The ITS Paperweight 
The IT Cardboard Ruler 
The Ashtray 
SD39 Saftey Glass Award 
Streamliner Door Key 
IT Switch Lock and Keys 
Railbus #206 
The CO&P Pass 
The Calendar 
Menus 
The Caboose Marker Lantern 
St. Louis & Alton Cars 
Switchstands 
The Class C #1595 
IT Passenger Passes 
Passenger Revenue Tickets 
Tools of the Trade 
The PCC Cars 
IT Standard Interlocker Appliances
The Oncinawile
1947 Directory of Industries
The ITC Light Bulb
Post-Interurban History - Decatur Stations
Train Orders and Related Forms
The Stepbox
The Silver Lantern Award

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Spring/Fall 97
Spring/Fall 97
Spring 99
Fall 00
Spring 01
Fall 01
Fall 04
Spring 05
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Fall 06
Fall 14

The Stationery Shop

Streamliner Post Cards 
Bloomington Station 
Peoria Station and Bridge Postcards 
Alton-Grafton Cards 
CO&P Cards 
The Depot Cards 
Parlor Car Cards 
Freight Trains 
St. Louis & Alton 
GP-7 Card 
The Class C Postcard
Lebanon - East St. Louis
The Rule Books
The Playing Cards

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The Plat - System Map

System Map of 1930 
Steam Division Map of 1919 
Streamliner Map of 1948 
System Map of 1969 
Substation Map of 1931 
A&E Map of 1925 
System Map of 1923 
System Map of 1955 
System Map 1928 
East Peoria-Farm  Creek Yard 
Proposed Routes 
Proposed Alternate Routes 
Interstate Highway Routes 
The ITS: June 4, 1917 
The Alton & Eastern (Steam Division)
IT Trackage Map of Springfield
St. Louis Terminal
System Map 1910
System Map 1924
ITS vs. The Hardroad System

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Spring 04
Fall 04
Spring 06

The Plat – Stations

The Danville South Lines 
The Danville Champaign Line 
The Champaign - Springfield Line 
Mackinaw to Decatur 
Peoria to Springfield 
Springfield-Granite City 
Litchfield-Hillsboro 
The Valley Division 
The St. Louis & Alton 
East Peoria - Farm Creek Yard
St. Louis-Granite City 
The Ogden-Homer Line 
The Pennsy Secondary Line
Route 66 - The IT Rail's Road
The Peoria Gateway
The St. Louis - Granite City Crime Area
The Hillsboro Line
Champaign-Urbana

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The Timetable

Passenger - April 27, 1941 
Freight - April 30, 1950 - #20 
Passenger - Nov. 7, 1948 
Freight - Feb 1, 1970 - #1 
Public Timetable - Nov. 9, 1924 
Employee - Alton-Grafton 4/29/51 
Public (CO&P) - December 3, 1933 
Employee # 9 - November 25, 1955 
Employee #13,14,26,1,10 - (1941-1960) 
St. Louis & Alton - 6/25/38 
Public- April 24, 1949 
Employee #10 Supplement #1 & #2 
Passenger Timetable Roster 
Employee Timetable Roster 
Public - June 4, 1917 
Employee: A&E #45 - 10/26/58 
The Bridge Car Schedule 
Employee #26 Central-Eastern - 7/21/29
Employee #14 - 10/11/42
Public - June 4, 1917
Employee - August 25,1909
Public - November 9, 1924
Employee #19 - 1/15/50
Employee #8 - 6/12/55
Employee #5 9/4/04
Public 9/25/55

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The Shops

Painting the Class "D" 
Painting the Alco RS1-S2 
Painting the Streamliners 
Modeling / Painting the SD39 
Standard Rotary Substation 
The Tower Car 
Modeling The SW 1200 
The Caboose Fleet 
The GP-7 Paint Schemes Drawings 
The Switchstand 
Modeling the GP-7 
Modeling the Class C 
Modeling the Block Signal 
The F7-B 
Painting IT’s #273-285 
The Class “A” & “O” 
Road Steam Locomotives #30-32 
GP38-2 Drawing 
Modeling the Class “B” 
ITS Trainman’s Interlocker
HO Scale IT SW1500s
The Phone Booths
Passenger Motors 273-285
SW8
Decatur Passenger Station
The Standard Tool House
The ITS Business Car 233
The Atlas Illinois Terminal RS-1
The Atlas GP38
ITS Sleeper Floor Plans
Don't Fear The Craftsman Kit
Hoppers and Gons of the IT: 1923-81
Bay Window Caboose 936
ITS 1514: Mule In Tuxedo
Bracket Arm Engineering Details
Portable Headlights for the IT
NS - Illinois Terminal Heritage Locomotive 1072
Painting the Class D
Tune Up Your Brass
Modeling IT Thrall All-Door Boxcar
Steam Division - Trainman's Dog House
HO Scale IT SW8
Update to Model Class B in HO
Modeling an SW1200

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The Car Shops

The High Side Chip Gondola 
The 34' Composite Hopper 
The 50' All Steel Box-Series 700-807 
IT 50' Flatcars 
70 ton Airslide Covered Hopper 
Drop Bottom Gondola 
70 Ton Drop End Gondola 
50 ' Plug Door Box Car ITC 637 
40' 6000 Series Box Car 
The 3000 Series Gondola 
The 100 Ton P-S Covered Hopper 
Bloomington Box Car 
Car Markings 
The ITS Snow Plow 
The 4700 Series Triple Coal Hopper 
The 3100 Series Gondola 
The 960-965 (ATSF) Caboose 
The 125-134 Series Covered Hopper
The 620 - 621 60' Box Car
The ITC 8200 & 8300 (51500) Series Automobile Box Cars
The 8100 Series Boxcar
The 902-916 Series Boxcar
The Bordens 'Milk' Car
IT Thrall All-Door Boxcar
IT Boxcars 5700-5709
ITC Diesel Fuel Storage Tank Cars 022 and 023
IT 50 Ft ACF 7240-7389 Box Car
Union Starch & Refining Co. Tank Car

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Spring 04
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Spring 14
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Spring 15
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The IT Sign Shop

Whistle Sign
Stop Board
St. Louis Station Sign
Boundary Markers
Mile Post
Yard Limit
Keep Off Of The Bridge
Cross Buck
No Trespassing
Subway Sign
Close Clearance Sign
Speed Sign
Slow Signs
Block Signal Signs
Siding Sign
Section Insulator Sign
Steam Division Milepost Sign
Pole Sign
Station Sign
Close Clearance Sign
Standard ITS Crash Gate
Subway Water Guage
Electric Railroad Crossing
The “Y” Sign
Drumhead Tail Signs
The St. Louis Station Electric Sign

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Spring 99
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Spring 00
Fall 00
Fall 01
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Spring 04
Spring 06
Spring 12

The Annual Report

1906 - The Beginning
1906 - Great Expectations
1907 - The Goal in Sight
1909 - A Year of Development
1910 - A Bright Future
1911 - A Very Economical Showing
1912 - A Boom Year
1913 - An Aggressive Year
1914 - An Up and Down Year
1937 - A Newly Reorganzied Company
1938 - Illinois-Iowa Power Co. Emerges
1939 - The Power Company Emerges
1940 - A Subtle Report
1941 - A Railroad at War
1942 - A Death Sentence for the IT?
1943 - A Rose by a New Name
1944 - Far Reaching Events
1945 - The War Ends
1946 - An Inauspicious Beginning
1947 - The Highest Revenue Year
1948 - A Productive Year
1949 - A New Era
1950 - Ahead, A Decade of Change
1951 - A Busy Year
1952 - A Busy Year
1953 - A year of Accomplishments
1954 - A Year of Decline
1955 - A Railroad For Sale
1956 - The Sale of the Illinois Terminal
1957 - The Year of Transition
1958 - The End of an Era
1959 - The Downhill Slide
1960 - A Lackluster Year
1961 - Another Year
1962 - Turning The Tide
1963 - A Spirit Of Optimism
1964 - A Dim Year
1965 - A Brighter Future
1966 - A Banner Year
1967 - A Most Unfortunate Year
1968 - A New Beginning
1969 - A Much Better Year
1970 - Confidence In The Future
1971 - A Profitable Year
1972 - Profitability Returns
1973 - A Very Good Year
1974 - A Year To Be Proud Of
1975 - A Year of Decline
1976 - The Spirit of ’76
1977 - Bridge Out!!!
1978 - Bleak as Winter
1979 - Favorable Weather Ahead
1980 - Good News and Bad News
1980 - Generations

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The B&B Department

Georgetown Station
Champaign Station
Bloomington Station
Standard Tool House
Peoria Station
Concrete Block Substation
Springfield Station
East Belt Barn
Auburn Station
A&E Alton Depot
Gauntlet Bridge
Hamel Station
Buff Brick Depot
IT Standard Flat Top Culvert Bridge
Carlinville Depot
Passenger Pagoda
East Peoria Station
East Peoria Shop Support Buildings
East Peoria Shops
Edwardsville Station
Homer Park
The Pennsy Connection (Morton)
East Belt Yard Office
Decatur Shops
The Adam Street Station: Peoria
The Scale House
Mackinaw Junction

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The Publicity Department

The Class "D" Public Timetable - 4/50
The Alco Public Timetable 4/30/53
Streamliner Display Schedule
The Class D-Alco-Elephant Ad

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Along the Right of Way

ITS vs. the Hard Road (Subways)
An Illinois Terminal Fan - George Isaacs
Rags: ITS Mascot
Sangamon Ordnance Plant
Ideal Train Service
Ray Reed: Motorman
The Conductor
The Life of Exec. Vice President H. E. Chubbuck
The Rise & Fall: Bloomington Line
Railfanning the IT: IT Railfan Specials
The Illini Terminal
A One-Day Circle Trip on the IT
Safe Blown at Hillsboro Traction Station
The Coffin Foundation Competition
Elmer "Mr. Passenger Service" Kester
The University of Illinois Test Car
A Foray of Four Railroads
Adventures of Rags, ITS Mascot
A Personal Observation: Dale Jenkins
Bement and the Traction
Phantom Business Car - The President

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The Electrical Department
Power Collection Experiments

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The Waybill

Covered Hopper of Pigeons
Boxcar of Rattlesnakes
"Lips"
Gaseous Flatus
Expired Chickens
Rabbits!!
Eggs!
Pet Rocks
Smoke!
Horse Spit
Excursion for Horses
Coffee Cup
IT Tour Maps

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Railfanning The IT
Chasing No. 203
IT Operations in Eastern Illinois: 1950
The Day the Music Died: Last Run

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Nov. 1, 2011... Is This For Real?  Answer: You Betchya!

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Dale Jenkins
264 Victoria Ave.
Decatur, IL 62522-1835

Dale Jenkins – Note that Dale's access to email can be sporadic.  So, please be patient.  Thanks!


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