Tuesday, February 13, 2018

C&JE: Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway

BRHS posted
A southbound Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway Company interurban car passes through downtown Lockport as it travels from the southwest side of Chicago to downtown Joliet back in 1915.

C&JE was the Chicago & Joliet Electric interurban. I originally researched it when I tried to determine if the Asian Carp barrier and power line ran along an abandoned interurban right-of-way.

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But the only interurban route I could find in the Lemont area was the C&JE, which was south of the Sanitary and Ship Canal. The Asian Carp barrier is north of the canal.

Bill Molony mentioned in a comment that today's New Avenue uses the C&JE RoW.

Their car barn, substation and yard was in Bedford Park, IL.

Like many other electric interurban railways, the C&JE built a park to create ridership on the weekends. Several companies would hold their annual company picnic at this park. The park still exists in Lockport, IL; but I skipped the playground areas and focused on the Dellwood Dam that they had built to create a recreational lake.

BRHS posted two photos with the comment: "This is a map of the Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway Company, along with the service it provided back in 1915."
Dennis DeBruler Dellwood Park in Lockport is a remnant of the amusement park that C&JE built to generate weekend traffic. Building an amusement park was a common practice for interurban companies. Companies such as the EJ&E would hold annual picnics for their employees at the park. The dam still stands, but rectangular holes have been cut in it so that there is no longer a lake in the park.

Bill Molony commented on one of his postings
Here's a map of the C&JE between Chicago and Joliet.
Bill Molony posted again
The Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway Company provided electric interurban train service between Chicago and Joliet, beginning on September 25, 1901 and ending on November 16, 1933.
Bill Molony posted
Ken Rehor commented on Bill's posting
 I drew this over the Google Maps aerial view based on several descriptions I found online.

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