Monday, January 22, 2018

AE&FR: Aurora, Elgin & Fox River Interurban

I normally don't pay attention to interurban because learning the regular railroads is challenging enough. But this route had an interesting freight remnant. And that remnant had an even more interesting remnant that supports the Fox River Trolley Museum. Plus the route has provided bridges across the Fox River for the Fox River Trail.

The freight remnant went from Coleman Junction with the CN/IC north along the Fox River until it curved west to run parallel along La Fox Street. Where La Fox Street becomes State Street, the tracks became part of the streetcar system in Elgin. That is, the AE&FR did street running. The remnant of the remnant runs south from the Fox River Trolley Museum to Blackhawk Station Fox River Trolley.

David Wilson Flickr 1966 Photo, License: CC BY

Mark Llanuza posted
One the second to the last coal empties going back to the IC Railroad interchange at Coleman Jct at South Elgin IL 1973 heads south coming back from the ILLinois State Hospital going past the Fox River Museum in South Elgin IL.
Dennis DeBruler I learned a lot while researching your photo and caption such as the Aurora, Elgin & Fox River. Thanks for the glimpse into our past. This photo is looking north where the AE&FR quit paralleling La Fox Street and headed towards the river.,-88.../data=!3m1!1e3

AJ Grigg posted 26 photos from his visit to the Fox River Trolley Museum. I corrected a statement that the museum uses a remnant of the CA&E by saying it used the AE&FR. Frank provided some more details.
Frank Smitty Schmidt The CA&E and the AE&FRE were originally both divisions of the AE&C. They separated when the AE&C came out of bankruptcy in the early 1920s.
Dennis DeBruler So it is a remnant of AE&C and AE&FR. And AE&C = CA&E+AE&FR.
Frank Smitty Schmidt Before the AE&C, the line originally started out as part of the Elgin Aurora & Southern Traction Co. in the late 1890s.

Jon Habermaas ROW was not CA&E but rather the Aurora Elgin and Fox River Electric which ran north-south along the Fox River which ran between Carpentersvile and Yorkville serving communities between. This portion of the line survived to provide coal delivery to the state hospital at Elgin.

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