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April 22, 2017

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Prince Crossing under Restoration

The brick Prince Crossing station was one of only a handful of stations to survive the demise of the Chicago Aurora & Elgin. Recently it fell under ownership of Wheaton Academy and the new owners are allowing a restoration to occur. To find out more about the project and how you can help, join the Prince Crossing Substation number 5 preservation society on Facebook.

CA&E 315 Being Restored and Backdated

The Rockhill Trolley Museum in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania, is working to restore and backdate Chicago Aurora & Elgin 315 to its appearance as Aurora, Elgin & Chicago 315 before 2019, the 100th anniversary of its delivery from the Kuhlman Car Company of Cleveland, Ohio.

315 is the only surviving car from the 311-315 series and is a true treasure. To complete the restoration, many materials are needed including paint, finishes, wiring, air piping, reupholstered seats, replacement heaters, replica oval stained glass windows, and various hardware.

Donations of any size are needed to complete the work. To help with this project make checks payable to “Railways to Yesterday Inc.” and mail to:
P.O. Box 1601
Allentown, PA 18105

Save the Briargate Station!

The North Shore Line's Briergate station from the south. The station is built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style with white stucco walls and a red, clay tile roof.

From 1926 to 1963 the Briargate station in Highland Park, Illinois served thousands of commuters and other passengers on the high-speed Skokie Valley Route of the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railway, a sister interurban line of the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin.

The Briargate station was designed by Samuel Insull's staff-architect, Arthur U. Gerber, who also designed the Villa Park station on the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin. It was one of several identical stations on the North Shore Line's Skokie valley Route, but is the only one still in existence. Although the North Shore had many more stations than the CA&E and lasted longer, only three stations currently survive. It's continued existence was due to use as a commercial establishment, however the current business housed within has moved and has placed it for sale. The Highland Park Preservation Commission has stated that this historic structure will likely be demolished for redevelopment.

In response to this situation, the North Shore Line Preservation Association was established to prevent this. Find out how to help at the group's Facebook page.