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Our Next Program:

Friday, November 28, 2014
1900 hrs / 7:00pm
University Center (Map)

The North Side "L" by Bruce Moffat

Long-time CERA member and author Bruce Moffat recounts the history of Chicago's North Side "L" in this informative and entertaining program. He will trace its development, beginning with Charles Yerkes' battle with the City to extend rapid transit into the north side, followed by upgrading a steam railroad to extend "L" trains into the suburbs. Joint operations with steam- powered freights, electric interurbans and the "L"'s own electric freight are also covered.

Mr. Moffat's books include Forty Feet Below - The Story of Chicago's Freight Tunnels, The Chicago Tunnel Story: Exploring the Railroad "Forty Feet Below" (CERA B-135), and The "L": The Development of Chicago's Rapid Transit System, 1888-1932 (CERA B-131). In addition, he has also authored Shore Line Interurban Historical Society Dispatches 1 and 5: Cooperation Moves the Public, and The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies.