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Compiled from a History of the Chicago and 
Eastern Illinois Railroad and the Companies 
From Which it Grew, being written by hiarold 
R. Sampson, C&EI Senior Vice President Re- 
tired, Flossmoor, Illinois. 

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This Digest has been prepared for those 
who have no affinity for books. It eniinw rates the 
events considered to be the most interesting or 
ii^>ortant in the span of history coTsred, without 
ouch of the extraneous material to be found in a 
detailed account. 

It is hoped that it will be of help to 
those >^o are seeking sooe pa2*ticular item of 
C&EI histsrj, but who may not have the tin* or 
patience to read through several hundred pages 
to find it. 

Harold R. Saa^sson 
Flossmoor, Illinois. 

Th« woodland and prairie vdldamets that waa to 
bacons C<S(£Iland waa peopled bj the mound bulldera, 
patticularlj that aection along the rivera of what 
we now deaignate aa "downatate" in Illinoia and 

1500 Indiana roamed the entire area, traTaling much in 

the direction the railroad now runa, but occasionally 
east and we at. 

1673 French explorera reached what ia now Illinoia. 

1679 Thi French had penetrated the Indiana wildemeaa. 

1717 Fort Oxiiatenon built on the Wabash river at a point 

eaat of preaent daj Danville ^ Illinoia. 

1720 F4rt de ChartiSea built on the Miaaiasippi river aome 

fifty milea down atream from preaent day Bast 
St.Louia, Illinoia. 

1732 Fort Vincennea built on the Wabaah river near the 

aite of preaent day Vincennea, Indiana. 

1763 The Britiah conquer the French, the winner taking 

the country east of the Miasiaaippi river. 

1798 The George Rogera Clark eaqpodition moved from 

Kentucky across Southern Illinoia via preaent day 
Kamak on the Joppa brakch, and Goreville on the 
Southern Illinoia line. 

1779 George Rogera Clark, and a force of leas than two 

hundred men, cross Illinois in midwinter and take 

1790 Knox County (Indiana) formed, comprising most of the 

preaent area of the entire atate. St. Clair County 
(Illinois) created, covering the area between the 
Wabaah and Mississippi rivers. 

1300 Indiana Territory organized including the area that 

is now Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. 
The capital was Vincennea. 

1803 Fort Dearborn erected at the point >*iere the Chicago 

river then flowed into Lake Michigan. 

1809 Indiana Territory divided, the western part extending 

from the C^io river to the Canadian border being 
called Illinois. 

1816 Indiana arrived at Statehood, being the 

nineteenth state in the Union and taking 
its present area. 

1818 Illinois adaitted as the twentj-first state, 

alse taking its present form. 

1820 The first st§ge coach service was established 

over little more than a trail between Evansville, 
Indiana and PrLncet«n, Indiana. 

1823 The Anerican Fur Coapany establi^ a trading post 

at the site of present day Danville, Illinois. 
Giirden S. Hubbard, an enpleyee of the fur company, 
laid out a trail froa Danville to Chicago. It was 
kno^n as Hubbard's Trace, and is followed closely 
by the present day C&EI right-of-way. State Street, 
Chicago is a continuation of the trail. 

1830 The Lincoln fasiily, with Abe who was then twenty-two 

years of age, move from Soutkei*n Indiana to Central 
Illinois via Vincennes, Indiana and Sullivan, Illinois. 

1832 Work started on the Wabash and Iris Canal, much of 

which was later to follow the Wabash river valley. 

1833 The Illinois State Assembly authorized the Chieago- 

Vinoennes road to be located. N\abei*ed at one mile 
intervals, soos of the milestones may still be 
8«en today. 

1834 Indiana's first railroad, a horse drawn carriage 

moving on rails, began seirvice in Central Indiana. 

1835 Illinois' first railroad, the Northern Cross 

chartei*ed with authority to build from the 
Mississippi river to the Indiana state line via 
Quiacy, Jacksonville, Springfield, Deeatur and 

The Internal Improvement Bill of 1835 provided for 
a railvoad running north from Evansville, Indiana 
but failure of the public works program caught it 
before it started. 

1$36 The Hadison and Indianapolis R& authorized to be 

bviilt from the Ohio river at Madison, Indiana to 

1838 The Northern Cross RR began operation. The original 

locomotive was the eight and one-half ton engine 
named "Experiment". 

18Z^ The Madison aad Indianapolis began ope rati (» of 

twenty-seven miles of four foot gaiige line. Later 
converted to standard gauge it has the steepedt 
grade in the United States. 

1848 December 

1849 Januarj 2 

August 16 
October 25 
1850 jMuaiT 21 

February 20 
May 14 

1851 February 6 

April 5 

July 4 

NoveM^r 8 

Indiana has eighty-six, and Illinois fifty-three 
ailes of railroad in operation. 

The Eyansville and Illinois Railroad chartered to build 
and operate a railroad fr<»i ETansville, Indiana «a the 
Ohio river via Princeton , Indiana and on t* connect with 
the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad (now the B&O) at, or 
near Olney, Illinois. 

Notices of orgaiization of the E&I were published. 
Satuel Hall of Princeton, Inc&ana elected president. 

First boat, the "Two Pollies", readied Terre Haute via 
the Wabash and Erie canal. 

Charter of the Evans ville and Illinois RR aaended te 
authorize a change in route from Princeton, Indioia t« 
Vincennes, IndLaia in lieu of the original route te 
Olney, Illinois. 

Contract let for grading E&I Evansville to Princeton. 

First sod cut for grading on the S&I - aboii; cxie-half 
Bile of line in each segnsi^ of contract • 

Contract closed for iron rail to be shipped froa 
England via New Orleans and river boat. To be paid 
for ty bonds issued ]gy the city of Evansville. 

Wabash Railroad ineorpo rated to build a railroad froa 
Vincennes, Indiana to Terre Haute, Indiana, and if 
desired by the eoipany, on to Crawfordsville, Indana, 
and to extend south to connect with ths E&I RR. 

Stealer "Uncle Sa«" arrives Evansville froa New Orleans 
wLth 540 tons of iron rail for the EStl. 

Steaaer "Fort Pitt" arrives Evansville with the first 
lecoaotive for the E&I. It weighed seventeen tons and 
was naaed the "VarUlerburgh". 

Excursion train operated all day between Evansville and 
Pigeon Creek. Passengers were carried c« construction 

Rail laid to within eight ailos of Pidnceton. Passenger 
oars have been receifsd and are ia service. Wood for 
fuel cost $2.00 per cord delivered to designate* 
locations along the line. 

1852 January 


Illinois reaches Princeton, Indiana. 


July 10 

Novcaber 18 

December 9 


March h 

April 25 

DecendDcr lA 


February 1 

May 25 

November 23 




1860 November 2k 


1865 February 16 


Grading under way north of Princeton, 

Contract let for bridge over the Vfliite river. Grading 
under way south froa Vincennes. 

Evansville and Illinois Railroad and the Wabash Railroad 
consolidate taking the naae of the forsier. 

Trains begin using the bridge at Patoka, Indiana. 

Evansville and Illinois Railroad changes name to the 
Evansville and Crawfordsville Railroad, 

Service established froa Evansville to the White river. 

Line opened for service Evansville to Vincennes, but 
with a transfer over the White river due to the bridge 
still being tinder construction. 

Through ser\'lce established Evansville to Vincennes. 

Track being laid between Vincennes and Terre Haute 
in each direction - about one-third mile of track 
in place each day. 

Last rail laid between Vincennes and Terre Haute and 
service started following day. Cost of road complete 
said to have been $20,229.33 per mile. 

Gross E&C receipts for eleven months ending August 31* 
1855 were $116,890.17 

Line graded froa Terre Haute to Rockville, Indiana and 
work suspended. 

BStC gross nrveriue for the year up to $249,867.63. 

E&C complete Evansville to Rockville and first train 
in service. 

Wabash and Erie canal abandons service south of Terre 


E&C trains rarely exceeded twenty cars and speeds were 

abou| fifteen miles per hour. 

Chicago, Danville and Vincinnes Railroad incorporated 
to construct a railroad from a point in Lawrence County, 
Illinois on the Wabash river opposite Vincennes, Indiana 
to Chicags via Paris, Illinois and Danville, Illinois. 
First president of the CD&V was W.D. Jiidson with 
headquarters in New York. 

E&C gross revenue reaches one-half million dollars for 
the first time ($559,127.68). 

1869 April 22 

May 21 

June 2 

September 11 

Octob€b' 10 
November 4 

December 2 

1870 May 19 

July 28 
Axijuat 10 
1871 April 

Octobdr 8-11 
October 26 

Celebfation at Momence occasioned hy the ground 
breaking ceremony of the CD&V RR at the north edge of 

Track laying on the CD&V starts southward from Dolton, 
Illinois where connection was made with the Pittsburgh, 
Cincinnati and St. Louis RR for trackage into Chicago. 

Evansville, Terre Haufe arii Chicago Railroad chartered 
to build from Terre Haute, Indiana to the Illinois state 
line east of Danville, Illinois. John Ingle Jr. , who 
was serving as President and Superintendent of the 
E&C was also elected president of the new road Terre 
Haute north. 

Contract awarded for building the Wabash river bridge 
at Clinton, Indiana for the ETHSdC. Decision reached 
to use the E&C from Terre Haute to Otter Creek, thence 
the new line to be built. 

Grading of the CD&V progressing between Moaence and 
St* Anne . 

CD<ScV begin service between Moraence and Chicago. 

Ingle resigns as president of the ETH&C and was 
succeeded by Jesephus Collett Jr., of Newport, Indiaia. 

Three piers of the Clinton bridge in place and work 
proceeding rapidly. 

Union station at Vincennes, Indiana under construction. 

E&C purchases first coal burning locomotive, the 
"Shelburne". All previous locomotives had been 
woofll burners. 

ETHSeC and CD&V both niaking slow pregresa due to t.T5 
effect of the Franco -Prussian war on the bond ^market. 

Danville and Rosodale Ry organized to build between the 
Indiana state line and Danville, Illinois for the ETli^. 

Timbers for the CD&V bridge over the Iroquois, ri^'er at 
Watseka begin arriving. 

Union track built at Evansville, providing the E^^ 
ndth a connection with the L&N. 

Grading of the ETHiC completed and the CD&V nov« three 
miles south of Rossville, Illinois. 

CD&V general offices burn in the great Chicago fire. 

ETHScC begins service between Terre Haute and Danville. 

November 16 

1872 Jaiuary 

March 4 
March 6 
March 9 


June 10 

July 1 
Septeaber 12 

November 12 

CD&V begins service between Chicago and Danville. First 
entry into downtown Danville was via the Toledo, Wabash 
and Western tracks from Danville Junction. Chicago 
station was located at Kinzie and Clintcm Streets. 

Survey being made for the Danville, Tuscola and Western RR 
to be built from Tuscola to Danville. 
Serfice now established between Evaasille, Indiana and 
Chicago, Illinois via the E&C to Terre Hau|e, the ETHStC 
to Danville, and the CD&V. 

The CD^V RR was consolidated with the Rossvil3e and Indiana 


A further conaolidation was effected with the Attica and 

Terre Haute RR. 

A still further consolidation was effected vdth the 

Western Indiana RR. 

The consolidated company (in each case th» Chicago, 

Danville and Vincennes RR) was empowered to build and 

operate a railroad froa Warren County (Indiana) to 

Brazil, Indiana. Noaeof the three companies (R^I, 

kklH, and WI) built any lines. 

C&SfV purchase $60C,CXX).O0 of Chicago real estate t© 
build a freight and passenger station on Halsted Street 
near Fulton. Also dock property on the south side of 
the south branch of tte Chicago river at Bridgeport. 

C(xitract let for the construction of the Danville, 
Tuscola and Western RR. 

CD&V and ETHScC trains begin operating into downtown 
Danville via their o><i rails which had been laid down 
froa Danville Junction. 

The E&C line Terre Haute to Rockville was leased to the 
Logansport, Crawford sville & Southwestern Ry. 

The new sleeping car "China" on the line of the E&C 
making regular trips between Evansville, Indiana and 
Cincinnati, Ohio via Terre Haute and the Vandalia Line. 

Danville and Rosedale RR consolidated with the ETHiC, 

Through sleeping car line established (Woodruff) between 
Chicago and Evansville ($2.00 per berth) 

1873 June 


CD<§tV decide to buiifi their own line from Dolton to 
downtcwj Chicagp, Will build from Thornton via 
Blue Island (present Grand Trunk ri^t-of-way). 

CD&V now averaging ninety cars of coal per day into 
Chic ago . 

FountjLin County branch (also called the Indiana Division^ 
from Youngs, Illinois near Bismarck to Snoddy's Mill, 
Indiana (25 miles in length} ccEpleted and opened for 



November 3 


July 16 



February 27 


Danville, Tuscola and Western RR completed from the 
Paris and Danville RR (now NYC) to Indianola, Illinois. 
This gave an ovi let by use of the Paris anc Danville RR 
to Tilton, thence the Toledo, Wabash and Western RR 
(now the Wabash RR; to Danville, Illinois. 

CD&V passenger trains began u^ing the new station in 
Chicago at the comer of Clinton and Carroll Streets. 
By tinEtable, CD&V passenger trains were restricted to 
22 miles per hour, freight trains to 12 miles ner hour. 

CD&V fails and a new corporation, the Chicago and 
Southern RR was formed to iinish the work started on 
the line Dolton to Chicago. 

Work resumed on the C&S from Dolton to Chicago. 

Eads Bridge over the Mississippi river at St.Loxus 
opened for regular service, 

Chicago and Southern RR completed from Thornton Junction 
to 26th Street, Chicago. 

ETH&C mail contract earns $50.00 per mile per year. 

President Ackerman of the Illinois Central urges his 
board to buy the CD&V to eliminate unfair competitive 

CD&V foreclosed. 

E&C buys its first steel rails and pvrts them in the 
line near Patoka, Indiana. 

CD&V paying rental of $70,(X0.00 per year to the 
PC&StL fcr entry into Chicago - expect to pay the 
C&S $21,700.00 per year for trackage from Thornton 
Junction to Chicago. 




December Ik 

1S77 February 

March 5 

April 28 
Aufust 28 



Several bridges of the road were lost in floods, 
including the grade at Clinton, Indiana. 

Court authorizes CD&V to lease C&3 and to operate 
two suburban trains. 

CicS facilities in such p«or shape that the court 
ordered the CD&V to take rental due the C&3 Im in lieu 
thereof to build a turntable and single stall engine 
house and station at Blue Island (not to exceed $2500.00), 
also a depot at Archer Avenue and 47th Street fcr $50C.OO, 
a ro'jnd house at the C&A crossing for $6,000.00, telegraph 
poles for $500.00 and the balance for repairs to the road, 

Chicago and Nashville RR incorporated to build Chicago 
to Danville, a branch Dolt on to Lake Michigan, and a branch 
from Bi3ttarck to the Indiana state line, and a branch to 
any point in Vemdlion County, Illinois south of Danville, 

The Illinois Division of the CD&V was sold on February 
7th and reorganized as the Chicago and Nashville RR. 
The Indiana Division from the Illinois line t« Coal 
Creek was sold on February 9th and reorganized as the 
State Line & Covington RR. The articles of incorporation 
of the C(iN were filed on February 12, and the articles 
of the SL&C were not filed until August 9, 1877 (dated 
July 30, 1877) 

The Evansville and Crawfordsville RR brought suit against 
the Logansport, Crawfordsville and Southwestern RR to 
recover damages for depreciation in condition ©f the 23 
miles of road leased to them. 

The name of the Evansville and Crawfordsville RR was 
changed to the Evansville and Terre Haute RR 

Chicago and Southern RR forclosei 

ETHiC fails to make interest on bonds for the first time. 

Chicago and Nashville RR and the State Line and Covington 
consolidate and form a new c«rporati<xi to be known as the 
Chicago and Eastern Illinois RR. This was the first of 
six corporations to be identified with initials C&EI. 
Transfer of property made on September 1, 1877. 

Builders of the futire Grand Trunk By negotiate for 
the purchase of the Chicago and Soxithem. 

C<ScEI bond holders were called upon for an assessnent 
of $150.00 per bond on the Illinois Division and $50.00 
per bond on the Indiana Division. 

1878 April 17 




1879 January 1 

June 2 



October 2JV 

December 10 

The Indiana Block Coal Railroad was incorporated to 
construct a line froa Knigntsville, in Clay County 
(Indiana) to the Evans ville, Terre Haute and Chicago 
RR in Vigo County (Indiana). 

The Chicago and State Line RR incorporated and purchased 
the Chicago and Southern RR Wiich ended the C&EI hope 
of having their own line into downtown Chicago via Blue 

First annual report of the C&EI. Complains aboxA the 
condition of the property taken over from the CD&V - 
"road is in poor condition, track has never been 
ballasted, ties (Mostly hemlock) were in bad state of 
decay and were replaced with over 85,000 oak ties 
during the year". 

C&EI surveying a line from Dolton to the mouth of the 
Calianet river in the hopes of reaching the steel mills. 
Earnings for the first corporate year - $784>555.76. 

E&TH purchases a small steamer and barges to operate on 

the White river. 

Standard box car was 28 ft. 10 inches long. 

C&EI gauge is given as 4 ft. 8^ in. while the 

ETHScC gauge is given as 4 ft. 9 in. Regardless of 

this there was no apparent problem in interchanging 

equipaent . 

Indiana Block Coal RR opened for service Otter Creek 
to Brazil, being operated by the ETHSdC vrfio was the 
actual builder. Locally the line was (and still is 
today) known as "The Pea Vine". 

Chicago and Western Indiana RR incorporated by C&EI 
interests to build frDa Dolton to Chicago. 

Construction of the C&WI begins. 

E&TH begin Ij^ring track on a branch line westward 
from the main line at Fort Branch. 

E&TH branch completed and trains operating as far 
as Owensville, Indiana. 

C&EI signs lease for use of the C&WI. Lease gives 
exclusive right to serve local teri'itory (both freight 
and passenger )Dolton to Chicago, 

Ths E&TH grant the Terre Hsute and Logansport RR the 
right to use the line Terre Haute to Rockville, the 
first six miles (Terre Haute to Otter Creek) being 
joint with the ETHSdC. 


Bridfe over the Wabash river at Clinton rebvalt. 

March 11 


May 1 
August 11 

August 31 

September 1 

Septeaber 10 
September 15 


The Indianapolis and hvansville RR (from Washington, 
Indiana to Evansville) organized. E&TH buys it. 

The Danville and Grape Creek RR incorporated to buili 
a line fron Danville to the coal mine area at Grape 
Creek, Illinois. 

C4WI began operating Doltcn to 22nd Street, Chicago. 
Road terainated there for over a year due to liti- 
gation with other lines with respect to crossings, 
and with the city with respect to the location of 
the terminal. Because trains of the Wabash RR were 
vmable to reach the downtown section, they believed 
their passenger fare should be $1,00 less than that 
of the Alton froii St. Louis to Chicago. This started 
a rate war which spread across tlie entire country, 
some examples being $1.00 Chicago to St* Louis, and 
$4.25 St, Louis to Boston. 

In the meantime C^l freight trains continued to 
use the PC&StL. 

ETf^cC (including the Indiana Block Coal RR) leased 
by the GScEI aid operated as the Terre Haute Division. 

The Strawn and Indiana State Line RR incorporated to 
construct a railroad from the C&EI main line at 
Wellington Junction westward to Cissna Park, Illinois. 

C&EI has it's first one million dollar gross revenue 
year. Gross for the year ending August 31 was 

Steel rail now in 68 miles of E&TH track - new 
station buildings built at Sullivan, Carlisle, and 
Princeton, Indiana. 

Courts finally clear the way for the C<StWI to build to 
Van Buren Street, Chicago, 

C&WI lay track across the Illinois Central RR (Wisconsin 
Division) at night under police protection. The 
following night track was laid across several streets 
between 12th Street and Van Bufen Street. 
Late in the month the C&WI abandoned it's right to 
build to Van Buren Street due to the congestion that 
another station (LaSalle Station was alreidy built) 
would create. 

The Danville and Grape Creek completed to Grape Creek. 
The Indiana Division of the C&EI Bigiarck Jet. to 
Covington, Indiana abandoned and rails raRcved. 

November 12 


1881 February 1 

March 8 

May 9 


1882 January 15 
January 25 

June 22 

July 25 

Line of the C&WI built over the Lake Shore RR 
under police protection and the road ooened 
Dolton to 14th Street. 

Arrangements made with the C&WI to build a line fron 
South Englewood to South Chicago and for the C&EI to 
use such tracks to reach the steel mills. 

E&TH deed 1,U2 miles of track Garvin Street to 
Fifth Avenue, fivansvilie to the L&N (fcrmerly the 
Southeastern and St. Louis Ry), each company to have 
equal trackage rights. 

C&EI consolidates »dth the Danville and Grape Creek RR 
forming the second corporation vdth C&El as initials. 

Citizens of Southern Indiana vote an appropiation to 
help extend the E&TH branch from Owensville to 

Evansville Belt Railway incorporated and 3.77 miles 
of main track built by the E&TH. 

C&EI now holds UC$ of E&TH stock. F.W. Huidekoper 
president of both companies. 

Work underway on the belt line in Chicago being built 
by the C&WI. 

C&EI freight revenue reaches one million dollars. 

C&EI extends line from Grape Creek to Westville, Illinois. 

Danville to Westville line now extended to Sidell's Grove, 
Illinois ever the section previously built by the 
Danville, Tuscola and Western RR, 

The Indianapolis and Evansville RR now completed from 
W*«hington, Indiana to Petersburg, Indiana. 

Regular service established Danville to Sidell's Grove. 

Straws and Indiana State Line RR now complete and being 
operated by the C&BI. 

E&TH branch completed as far as the PD&E crossing at 
Poseyville, Indiaia. 

E&TH branch completed to Mt. Vernon, Indiana. Cue passenger 
train round trip Mt .Vemon-Princeton , one round tiip 
Fort Br anch-Mt. Vernon, 

Ai^ust 31 

All but five miles of E&TH rail now steel. 


June 23 

August 14 

Auj;u3t 31 

1884 June 16 

July 19 

1885 November 14 

Novanber 27 

1886 March 

The annual report of the E&TH states that the average 
life of their locomotives is fifteen years. 

Work resumed on the Danville, Tusdola and Western. 

Five roads leasing the C&Wl become equal owners 
(C&EI, Erie, Monon, Grand Trunk and Wabash) 

The Evansville, Wadiington and Brazil Ry organized to 
build from Washington, Indiana to Worth ington, Indiana. 
Pronoted by the E&TH RR who had acquired control of 
the Terre Haute aixi Southeastern RR farther north. 

C&WI decide to build passenger station at Polk Street, 
Chicago. Contract let October 1, 1883. 

Last five miles of E&TH laid with 60 lb. steel rail. 

Adoption of Standard TIob Wiich eliminated miner 
differences in time along the E&TH and C&EI. 

That portion of the E&TH between Washington, Indiana 
and Evansville, Indiana passed to the Evansville and 
Indianpolis RR which had been formed in the interest 
of the E&TH. 

L&N bridge between Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, 
Kentucky opened for service. 

Through sleeping car runs established between Chicago 
and Nashville, Tennessee via Evansville and the L&N, 
and between Chicago and Indianapolis, Indiana via 
Danville, Illinois and the IB&W RR. 

the Evansville and Indianapolis, the Evansville, 
Washington and Brazil, and the Terre Haute and 
Southeastern were consolidated into the Evansville 
and Indianapolis RR, the C&EI subsequently acquiring 
the ct^ital stock of the new corpcration. 

The Chicago and Indiana Coal Ry organized November 27 > 
1885 to tate over the property of the Lake Michigan and 
Ohio River Ry extending from Teddo, Indiana to Brazil, 

Dearborn Station, Chicago completed. 

C&EI declares first dividend - 2^ percent. 

L&N sell their E&TH stock to the C&EI. 

April 12 

April U 


March 10 






August 12 



Indiana Railway company formed to take over property 
of the Chicajo ani Great Southern Ry exteniint from 
Fair Oaks, Indiana to Yeddo, Indiana. 

Chicago ant Indiana Coal Ry takes over the Indiana 
Railway company. 

B&TH gain control of the Peoria, Decatir ani Evansville RR 
(now the Illinois Central RR) >4iich was held \mtil 1894. 

The Chicago and Indiana Coal Ry extends the line from 
Fair Oaks, Indiana to LaCrosse, Indiana. 

The Chicago, Danville and St. Louis RR incorporated to 
construct a line from Sidell, Illinois towards St. Louis, 
Missouri. Work began same ^ar using the gfade v^ich 
had previously been constructed by the Danville, Tuscola 
and Western RR. 

C&EI bou^t by a syndicate in the interest of the Chicago 
and Indiana Coal I^, stock being priced at 110. 

C&EI announce olans to build a line from Moiaence, Illinois 
to a pK3int tear Goodland, Indiana to connect with the 
Chicago and Indiana Coal Ry. The Momence and State LineRR 
formed to build that portion in Illinois, the C&IC to 
build the Indiana portion. 

The Chicago, Danville and St. Louis RR, and the St*awn 
and Indiana State Line RR consolidated iidth the C&£I 
thus forming the third comp«iy with C&EI initials. 

The line completed into Tuscola during ths month. 

C&EI had been endeavoring to build into downtown 
Tuscola for several months but had been prevented from 
doing so by the Indianapolis, Springfield and Western RR. 
A large force of men ptrti to work at night and the line 
completed before morning. 

The line connecting the C&EI at Momence, Illinois and the 
ChicagD and Indiana Coal Ry at Percy Junction, Indiana 

The remainder of the Indiana Division of the C&EI from 
Covington, Indiana to Coal Creek, Indiana abandoned and 
trackage rights Banville, Illinois to Covington, Indiana 
over the Ohio, Indiana and Western RR relingxiished. 

Passenger trains of the C&EI made the following stops 
within ChicagD after* leaving Dearborn Station: Archer 
Avenue, 33rd Street, 49th Street, 63rd Street, Auburn 
Junction, Aub\irn, Hammond Junction, Oakdale and Kensington. 


1889 March 

June 20 

1890 JanuAiy 20 




September 8 

November 28 

1892 April 

June 1 

1893 March 31 

The saae group v4io controlled the Chicago and Indiana 
Coal Hy (and now the C4EI) held substantial interest in 
the Illinois Steel Coapany, and in turn the Diiluth and 
Iron Range RR. The president, treasurer and pxa* chasing 
agent of the C&EI held the saas position on the D&IH 
at the same tioe. 

Doubld track being installed Monence, Illinois to 
Dolton, Illinois by the C&EI. 

Chicago and Indiana Coal Ry stockholders vote to exchange 
their stock for C&EI stock (both ccamon and preferred) 
share for share. 

ET-HStC stockholders meet in Terre Haute to make fomal 
transfer of majority of stock to the C&EI. 

Agreemedb signed for C&EI to operate the E&TH. 

Line being surveyed from Tuscola, Illinois to Sullivan, 
Illinois and plans being znade to continue to Shelbyville. 

C&WI building second main track Doltc^ to Oakdale. 

First year for a million dollar gross for the E&TH. 

First off-line traffic office established by the C&EI 
at Atltata, Georgia, joint E&TH. 

C&EI into Chicago suburban passenger business in a 
serious way - bufclds an eight stall roundhouse at 
Crete, Illinois to house suburban engines. 

Trains now running Danville to Sullivan, Illinois. 

Bridge ever the Okaw river completed. Is now the 
longest bridge in Illinois. 

Last rail laid Tuscola to Shelbyville. This was to 

be the southern terainus of the Illinois line until 1896. 

The name "Dixie Fljer" bom. 

Contracts let for double tracking Moaence to Danville. 

Chicago and Indiana Coal Ry leases its property to the 
C&EI for 999 years. 

D&IR loccaotives begin to appear on C&EI roster. 

G&EI grants trackage rig Mis to the Caluaet and Blue 
Island RR Chicago Heights to the Danville coal fields. 
TOis company later became the Chicago, Lake Shore and 
Eastern Bj and still later the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Ry. 



Decemlier 19 

1894 March 
JxnJe 6 

June 30 

August 29 

Septemlter 25 

1895 January 29 


1896 JjOy 24 


1897 February 20 

March 10 

Contract let to build a branch line from Rossville, 
Illinois to Sldell, Illinois (34i miles). 

Terre Haute and Indianapolis RR (now the Pennsylvania RR) 
makes contract for use of station at Terre Haute 1^ C&EI.. 

Rossville-Sidell braich completed. 

Chicago, Paducah and Memphis RR chartered to be bviilt 
from Altamont, Illinois to Metropolis, Illinois vdth a 
branch from Johnston City, Illinois to Carbondale, Illinois 

Survey of the CP&M completed Altamont to Salem, Illinois. 

Chicago and Indiana Coal Ry consolidated into the C&EI 
forming the fourth C&EI company. 

C&EI passenger trains gross over one million dollars 
for the first time. 

Track laying on the CP&M complete Mt. Vernon, Illinois 
to Benton, Illinois and in progress from Benton to 
Marion, Illinois, 

Service begins ai the CP&M between Mt.Vimon, Illinois 
and Marion, Illinois - work still in progress nort'a of 
Rt, Vernon. 

CP&M rail reaches Mt. Vernon, Illinois thus completing 
the line St. Elmo, Illinois to Marlon, Illinois. Eight 
miles remain to be completed from St.Blmo to Altamont. 

CP&M all complete and operatirig Altamont to Marion. 

The Shelbyville Southern RR incorporated to construct 
a line for the C&EI southward from Shelbyville to 
ccHinect * the CP&M. 

Line completedk Shell^yville to Altamont and C&EI takes 
over the operation of the CP&M. 

C&EI purchases the line of the CP&M Altamont, Illinois 
to Marion, Illinois as well as the coal mine bfanchds - 
purchase price $1,400,000.00. 

The mi on the approach to the White river bridge 
south of Hazleton, Indiana gave way under train No. 5 
at 3:00AM. Conductor and an undetermined niaber of 
passengers were lost. 

March 22 

Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer RR incorporated. 

May 10 


January 26 


OctoWr 23 

December 27 

1900 January 

Decem^r $ 

1901 January 4 
November 1 

November 19 

1902 March 27 
July 1 

Octob^ 1 

C&EI No. 129 nandled a 2,200 ton train of 55 
cars Danville to Chicago - considered quite a feat. 

Collett Street station built in Danville, Illinois and 
used until 1917. 

The Eastern Illinois and Missouri RR incorporated to 
construct a line from Marlon, Illinois to Thebes, 
Illinois - also the Joppa branch. 

About ten miles of the Eastern Illinois and Missouri RR 
already completed. 

Eastern Illinois and Missouii RR conveyed to the C&EI. 

C&EI purchase land at Dolton, Illinois for a new 3,000 
car capacity yard. 

C&EI purchase the ETH&C RR and the Indiana Block Coal RR, 
Wiich had been operated under lease. 

Marion to Thebes line comoleted. Through passenger train 
service Established between Chicago and Texas via 
Thebes and the Cotton Belt - cars were ferried across the 
river for through movaraent. 

Joppa branch completed. 

C&EI, IC, St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern RR, 
St. Loxois Southwestern and the Missouri. Pacific RR fona 
the Southern Illinois aid Missoiori Bridge Company to 
build the Thebes bridge. 

Chicago-Flcrida Limited established Chicago to 
St. Augustine, Florida. 

C&EI given trackage rights by the bridge company frcaa 
Thebes, Illinois to Illao, idssouri. 

Freelaid Park branch completed. 

IC gives trackage rights to C&EI from Thebes to Bridge Jet. 

Account coaplaints of the other users against the C&EI 
having exclusive ttaffic rights on the C&WI, agreement 
made giving ilve proprietory lines equal rights. 

St.Lo\iis-San Francisco Ry buys control of the C&EI, 
paying $250.00 for each share of coaraon, and J150.00 for 
each share of preferred stock. 

November 1 

C&EI (>dth the St .Louis-San Francisco also & party) 
enter into an agreeuEnt viiereby the CCC&StL would 
double track their existinf kindle trade line fron 
Pana, Illinois to Hillsboro, Illinois and build a 
double* tracked cut-off from the latter point to 
Mitchell J Illinois and the C&EI vould abandon olsns 
to build their ovm line. 

1903 January 8 

January 23 

May 1 


A portion of the Rossville-Judyville branch acquired 
in the nane of the Rossville and Eastern RR conveyed 
to the C&EI - branch completed the saiae month. 

The Eastern Illinois and St .Louis RR incorporated to 
build a cut-off line ft cm. Woodland, Illinois to 
Villa Grove, Illinois and from Findlay, Illinois to 
Pana, Illinois in order to give the C&EI a competitive 
line betvjeen Chicago and St. Louis and a service 
connection vAth their parent line (the Frisco). 

CRI&P gain control of the St. Louis-San Francisco and 

thereby control of the C&EI. 
As a result, passenger trains of the C&EI began the use 
of LaSalle Street station in Chicago, leaving the tracks 
of the C&WI and entering the CRI&P tracks at 79th Street. 

C&EI expect to complete the work ot double tracking the 
line Danville, Illinois to Clinton, Indiana ty the end 
of the month. 

1904 January 

C&EI trains discontinue the use of the downtown station 
in Danville, Illinois and use the Collett Station (or 
Danville Junction as it was known locally) exclusively 
for their Danville work. 

July 23 
August 1 

New C&EI yard opened for use at Villa Grove, Illinois. 

C&EI inaugurates Chicago-St.Loiiis passenger sergice 
with one nigH train in each direction using the CCC&StL 
old main line Hillsboro to East St. Louis account the 
new exit-off still under constrxiction. 

October 1 

1905 January 3 

Hillsboro-Mitchell cut-off completed and freight service 
inaugxirated and a day train added to the Chicago- 
St. Louis passenger service. 

The St.L-SW give the St.L-SF trackage rights between 
lUmo, Missouri and Rockview, hELssouri and on May 25, 
1905 these rights were assigned to the C&EI. 

April 1 

Thebes bridge placed in service. 

June 30 


1906 Aufxist 2U 


1907 July 


Deconber 1 


Juae 30 
December 1 

1910 June 1 



Franchises of the Eastern Illinois and St. Louis RR 

(Woodland Junction to Villa Grove, Illinois and 

Findl^7, Illinois to Pana, Illinois conveyed to the C&EI. 

Third main track beinj constructed from Momence, Illinois 
to NE Tower, just south of Crete, Illinois. 

New northbound yard being built at Dolton, Illinois. 

Shops moved from St .Elmo, Illinois (at >diich ooint they 
had been located since the line was built )to Salem, 
Illinois. Salem donated a strip of land one thousand 
feet wide and two milee lon^ for the new yard. 

St .Louis, }famphis and Southeastern and tihb St. Louis- 
San Francisco RR erant trackage rights to the C&EI fron 
Rockview, Missouri to Chaffee, Missouri. 

C&EI now has 3U. locomotives and it became necessary to 
enlarge the Oaklawn shops. 

The line Villa Grove to Tuscola now double tracked. 

Work in progress on the new E&TH passenger station at 
Eighth and Main Streets, Evansville. 

Vincennes, Indiana industrial track, one and one-half 
miles long, being built. 

A cutoff line built and now in use Bismarck, Illinois 
to Starr, Illinois (2 miles) from >*iich ooint C&EI 
frei^t trains used the Chicago, Terre Haute and 
Southeastern Ry fcr 7 miles to Brewer Yard south of 
Daiville. A better grade and improved movement of 
freif^t trains due to less delay around the Danville 
passenger station was the object. 

C&EI owns 79^ of the E&TH conmon stock. 

CRI&P sells St. Louis-San Francisco RR back to previous 
owners. Thus C&EI continues under Frisco influence. 

C&EI grants trackage riLg!*8 to the CB&Q between 
HTjdgens Junction, Illinois and West Vienna, Illinois 
thereby giving the Burlington a route to Paducah, Kentucky. 

E&TH began dispatching trains by telephone. 

C&EI fi'eight density 2,020,000 tons and the parent 
company (Frisco) 520,000 tons, cr only about one-fourth 
as much. Average C&EI freight train handled 561 tons, 
Frisco trains 221 tons. 

July 1 

July 20 

1912 April 29 

November 25 

1913 January 5 

May 27 
August 1 


1916 February 20 

1917 December 31 

1918 January 1 

1920 March 1 
June 3 

23^ of C&EI main track was 85 lb rail, 30^ was 80 lb, 
and the balance was lighter. 

C&EI takes over the operation of the Evansville and 
Indianapolis RR. 

E&TH and the Evansville Belt I^ consolidated vdth C&EI. 

Eastern Illinois and Peoria RR organized to build a line 
for the C&EI from St.Elao, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois 
and sirvey started. 

C&EI begins dispatching trains between Chicago and 
Danville by telephone. 

The first All Pullman Dixie Limited inaugiirated Chicags 
to Pain Beach, Florida. 

C&EI and Frisco Lines go into separate receiverships. 

C&EI discontinues use of LaSalle Street station, Chicag) 
and returns to Dearborn station. 

C&EI passenger train revenue running abovt 25$ of total 
gross - passenger revenue alnost equaled coal reven\» 
for tha year. 

Automatic Train control (Miller), the first in the 
United States fcr a major installation, vras placed 
in service on 107 miles of C&EI line. 

Dearborn Station Annex bxiilt by the C&WI. 

The Evansville and Indianapolis RR into receivership. 

C&EI into Federal Control with all other carriers. 

Projects completed during the year included a new 
bridge over the Okaw river in Illinois, a new passenger 
station at Danville, Illinois and a new bridge over the 
White river in Indiana. 

Off-line traffic offices all closed and all advertising 

C&EI owns 25,659 firgi^t cars. 

Railroads returned to owrwrs. 

The Evansville and Indian^olis RR sold vinder foreclosure. 



September 1 

December 13 

December 31 

1922 January 1 

November 1 

1924 Febnuaiy 8 

1926 March 1 

Au^st 10 

August 19 
1930 January 7 

1932 July 

1933 April 18 

C&EI grants trackage rights to the Evansville, 
Indianapolis and Terre Haute Ry to enable them to 
enter Evansville from Straight Line Junction. 

C&EI Ej organized thereby forming the fifth company 
with the same initials. Property transfer made 
effective January 1, 1922, 

Of all C&EI tonnage, 78^ originates on line. 

Off-line traffic offices gradually being re-established. 

That section of the road from LaCrosse, Indiana to 
Brazil, Indiana known locally as "the old coal road" 
disco ntin\»d operation. 

As the new C&EI Ry began operation, the former 
Evansville and Indianapolis RR property was not included, 
nor the "Goal road" mentioned above. 

C&EI grant trackage rights to the Illinois Central RR 
to enablfi them to reach their east side property at 
Evansville, Indiana. 

C&EI sells that portion of the line from Otter Creek 
Junction, Indiana to Rockville, Indiana to the 
Pennsylvania RR. Line had been operated under lease 
by various companies sine June 13 > 1872. C&EI also 
granted trackage rights to the PRR from the Junction 
to Terre Haute, 

e&EI begins use of the Mobile and Ohio freight house 
in East St. Louis, Illinois. 

Lincoln Fields Race Track com dieted at Crete, Illinois. 

Alton and Southern ccainection with C&EI at Mitchell , 
Illinois opened for use. 

Ovdrsize lettering on box cars came into C&EI use 
early in the year - coal cars had carried them earlier, 

C&EI acquires the Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer RR. 

C&EI comes under influence of the C&O Ry as the 
Van Sweringens gain control. 

First air-ccnditioned dining cars come out of C&EI shop^. 

C&EI petitions for receivership. Temporary trustee 
appointed on September 15, 1933 and permanent appointment 
made on October 10, 1933. 


1935 March 1 

1936 January 2 

1937 January- 
November 22 

1940 April 

June 27 

October 24 
December 17 

December 31 


1945 July 23 
August 20 


1946 May 20 


Products of Mines amounted to 71.7^ of all tonnage 
originated on the C&EI. Of total tonnage handled by 
the company, 58.7^ was Products of Mines, 

C&EI discontinues use of their ov«i station at Evansville 
and began the use of the L&N station for all trains. 

The first "one night only" train placed in service 
Chicago to Miami via C^I-IAN-NC&StL-ABC-ACL and FEC. 
Competing roads followed three years later. 

Ohio river flood leaves C&EI as the only line able to 
pi*ovide service into and out of Evansville, Indiana. 

Oaklavm Shops at Danville, Illinois bum. 

Present C&EI trademark (oval vdth Saturday Evening 
Post lettering) adopted. 

Present C&EI RR, the sixth with the same initials, 
incorporated. Property transfer made December 31, 1940. 

Momenca to State line branch discontinued. 

The first all coach streamliner placed in service 
Chicago to Miami via C&EI-L&N-NC&StL-ACL and FEC. 

Property transfer made to the new C&EI corporation. 
Final decree made by the coiurt the following June (1941). 

Best passenger train year in the history of the CS£1 - 
nearly nine million dollars grossed l^y oassenger trains 
for the year ($8,977,602.00). 

CHTT completely dieselized. 

C&EI takes over operation of parlor cars formerly 
operated by Pullman. 

Board authorizes CTC Clinton, Indiana to Evansville. 

Mars lights standard equipsient on C&EI passenger trains. 

First C&EI road Aiesels (Nos. 1100 and 1101) go into 
regvilar passenger train service. 

New light weight streamliners for Southern Illinois and 
Indiana received from Pullman Standard Mfg. Co. 

C&EI passenger station at Evansville sold to the city 
during the ysar. 


January 1 

June 1 

July 20 



April 20 

May 8 



April 7 

May 5 

June 1 
August 1 

1951 May 16 

1952 August 

September 2 
October 1 
1954 January 
August 16 
October 18 

Bald Hill cut-off placed in service in Indiana. 

"The Georgian" placed in service Chicago to Atlanta, 

First freiglt road diesels go into service. 

Chicago Railroad Fair opens with C&EI engine 222 
playing a part in the outdoor pageant. 

C&EI inaiogurates pigf^yback freight service between 
Chicago and St. Louis. 

All C&EI passenger train service between Chicago and 
St- Louis discontinied. 

Chicago-Southern Illinois sleeping car service is 

Line abandoned between Brother, Illinois and Maizetom, 
Illinois on the Rossville-Sidell branch. 

Freeland Park brmch discontinaed. 

Last C&EI steam locomotive (1944) worked its regular 
assignment at Vincennes, Indiana. 

New Wansford Yard opened for service at Evansville, 

First C&EI Canadian traffic office opened at Toronto, 

Miller train control on the C&EI replaced with GR3. 

C&EI, IC and Mo.Pac. purchase the Jefferson Southwestern RR 
in Southern Illinois, 

First welAed rail on C&EI - 2^ miles between Glenwood, 
Illinois *nd Chicago Heists, Illinois placed in use. 

Chic ago -Evansville piggyback fi-eight service established. 

All C&EI local l.c.l. freight moving by truck. 

Rail to barge coal transfer place in use at Joppa, Illinois 

C&EI buys a one-tenth interest in the Illinois Tdrndnal RR. 

C&EI piirchases the St. Louis and 0' Fallon Ry - nine miles 
of line in the East St. Louis, Illinois area. 

1955 March 
May 1 

December U 

1957 January 15 


NovemWr 29 







January 5 


Installation of radio coamunication begun on. C&EI. 

C&EI no longer a party to the Chicago Consolidated 
Ticket Offices. 

A Budel RDC car liegin servicel between Chicago and 
Southern Illinois. 

The Chic ajp- Jacksonville, Florida sleeping car operated 
on the "Dixie Flyer" since 1902 was discontinued. 

The Terre Haute freight house moved fix>m v^jtown to 
Baker Yard. 

Baker Yard in full service at Teree Haute. 

"The Dixieland" makes last trip Chicago to Florida, 
leaving the C&EI vdthoub regular through sleeping car 
service between Chicago and Florida for the first time 
since early in the century. 

Highest gross revenue in C&EI history (|38,273>878.00). 
Freight train revenue also the highest in the history 
of the company ($32,650,379.00). 

That portion of the line Danville, Illinois to Clinton, 
Indiana being converted to single track vdth CTC. 

Union Station at Terre Haute, Indiana built in 1392 
being demoli^ed, 

C&EI General Offices move from Chicago to Chicago 
Heights, Illinois. 

All passenger train service on the C&EI between Chicago 
and Southern Illinois discontinued. 

Hearing being held before the ICC examiner to determine 
^o magr control the C&EI. 

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