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North Shore Woods

History:

In the 1930s, the Chicago Aurora & Elgin borrowed a number of wooden interurban cars from the neighboring North Shore Line. While on the CA&E, these cars generally only operated with each other and are commonly referred to as the “North Shore Woods.” The group name implies a single set of cars, however this group was actually an amalgamation of three series of cars from the North Shore Line.

North Shore

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129 in Sunset Lines livery
Collection of Joe L. Diaz
Specifications
Manufacturer:Jewett1
Built:19071
Quantity:10
Numbers:128-137
Length:52'-3"1
Width:8'-8 ¾"2
Height:13'-5 3/16"2
Weight:76,580 lbs.1
Trucks:Baldwin 2951
Truck centers:29'-10"2
Truck wheelbase:6'-6"2
Wheel diameter:36"2
Motors:4-GE73C1
Seats:541
Couplers:Van Dorn
C&ME 128-137

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140 after CA&E modifications
Collection of Jay Williams
Specifications
Manufacturer:American1
Built:19101
Quantity:4
Numbers:138-141
Length:52'-3"3
Width:8'-7 ¾"3
Height:13'-5 3/16"3
Weight:75,000 lbs.1
Trucks:McGuire-Cummings 70A1
Truck centers:28'-6"3
Truck wheelbase:6'-8"3
Wheel diameter:35"3
Motors:4-GE73C1
Seats:521
Couplers:Van Dorn
C&ME 138-141

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403 after conversion to a coach
Collection of J.J. Sedelmaier
Specifications
Manufacturer:Jewett (400-402)
American (403)4
Built:1909 (400-402)
1910 (403)4
Quantity:3
Numbers:400-402 & 403
Length:52'-3"5, 6
Width:8'-8 ¾" (400-402)5
8'-7 ¾" (403)6
Height:13'-5 3/16"5, 6
Weight:74,000 lbs. (400-402)
74,780 lbs. (403)4
Trucks:Baldwin 295 (400-402)
Baldwin 454 (403)4
Truck centers:29'-10" (400-402)5
28'-6" (403)6
Truck wheelbase:6'-6"5, 6
Wheel diameter:36"5, 6
Motors:4-GE73C4
Seats:484
Couplers:Van Dorn
C&ME 400-403

Chicago Aurora & Elgin

Full history coming soon.

Additional Photos

Sources:

  1. Interurban to Milwaukee 75
  2. Interurban to Milwaukee 108
  3. Interurban to Milwaukee 110
  4. Interurban to Milwaukee 76
  5. Before the North Shore Line 191
  6. Before the North Shore Line 192
  7. The Great Third Rail III-17