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Visually, the interurban was classic Americana as a car sped along a grass-covered right-of-way with its trolley pole extended high.While postdating the industry, one the great depictions of interurban right-of-way is illustrated in Trains Magazine's October, 1993 issue under a segment entitled, "" (Page 57).In 1889 there were just 7 miles of interurbans in service, a number which jumped to 3,122 by 1901, and finally peaked at 15,580 in 1916.These numbers slowly receded into the 1920's as abandonment hastened through the 1930's.29" issued January 1, 1948 the entire Belt Line ran from Milepost 90.7 at Bay View, Maryland to Milepost 97.9 at Hamburg Street, Baltimore).

As interubans expanded they did indeed initially prove popular offering quick service, multiple schedules daily (the large Illinois Traction system, for instance, was dispatching 106 trains out of Springfield, Illinois everyday by 1906), and with fares only a few cents each way.Sprague failed to interest the New York Elevated but others were impressed.He eventually secured a contract in May of 1887 with the Richmond Union Passenger Railway in Virginia to provide cars for its operation. Brill Company Jewett Car Company Niles Car & Manufacturing Company St.Much of the trackage was situated east of the Mississippi River as the interurban offered flexibility and affordability for the everyday commuter.It is rather amazing so much capital was expended on these operations, which struggled to make a profit right from the start.

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