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Re: 25 cps Power, was: Tie Lines was Re: Foreign Exchange Lines

Robert Bonomi (
Wed, 01 Jun 2005 02:06:56 -0000

In article <>, Joe Morris
<> wrote:

> writes:

>> Danny Burstein <> writes:

>> (Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railroad were associated from some time
>> in the late 1800s.)

>> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Remember also the "Harvey Girls" who
>> were like 'stewardesses' on the Santa Fe trains and the 1940's movie
>> about the Harvey Girls, and they were always singing that song about
>> the railroad ... how did it go? Something about " ... my day, and the
>> Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe ..."

> Tying this (barely) into the thread currently running about WU clocks,
> part of the lyrics went:

> See the old smoke risin' 'round the bend,
> I reckon that she knows she's gonna meet a friend,
> Folks around these parts get the time of day,
> From the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe.

> Joe Morris

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Right you are, I do not have any prize
> for you, however. The AT&SF railroad _originally_ ran between
> Atichson, Kansas, through Topeka, Kansas and southwestward on to Santa
> Fe, New Mexico. Then, as Chicago became the railroad capitol of
> America (start of 20th century) the AT&SF continued pushing eastward,
> making its new terminus at Dearborn Station in Chicago, and relocating
> its headquarters in the 'Santa Fe Building' at Jackson Blvd. and
> Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. I hear your question now: ...
> ... *what was/is 'Dearborn Station'?* Well, along with Union Station
> (Canal Street and Madison) which still exists and is now the terminus
> for most intercity railroad traffic, there were Dearborn Station
> (Dearborn and Harrison Streets), Grand Central Station, (Baltimore &
> Ohio RR, Chesapeake RR's and others at Harrison and Wells Streets),
> Central Station (Illinois Central RR at Michigan and Roosevelt Road),
> LaSalle Street Station (various lines, LaSalle and Van Buren Streets)
> Northwestern Station (Canal and Randolph Streets) and others. All are
> gone, except for Northwestern Station and Union Station, and the
> various railroads still offering passenger service all merged their
> depots/terminals into one of those two locations.

"Not exactly" applies.

La Salle station (as the name at least), a rebuilt, greatly reduced
facility, still exists, and has commuter service (only) running out of
it. Tracks terminate a bit south of Congress Ave.

'Central Station' also nominally still exists; in use by electrified
inter-urban (Illinois & South Shore Rwy) to Gary-Hammond.

All long-distance passenger rail (AMTRAK) is out of Union station,
With commuter rail out of Union and Northwestern stations, as well as
the aforementioned La Salle and Central stations.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Begging pardon, sir. I was talking
about _inter-city_ rail traffic, not a commuter line. Furthermore, the
physical platform approximatly at Roosevelt and Michigan Avenue is
known by the suburban trains -- the only ones going through there now --
as 'Roosevelt Road', not as 'Central Station'. The Central Station
building was torn down several years ago. PAT]

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