Indiana Interurbans / Streetcars
Updated January 9 2017
A Note on finding Indiana Interurban and Streetcar items
Bottom Line Up Front: It's really complicated. I don't know how many different Indiana interurbans came to be,
but Jerry Marlette wrote a book Electric Railroads of Indiana where he wrote "Case Histories"
(start date, original or successor company, capital stock, first operation date, area served/mileage, rolling stock,
final status of line, remarks) of all he could find, which extended almost 100 pages. In short, I can't begin to
hope to capture everything
Another deeper level of complication was that with the diversity of operations, the line between a small city streetcar
and a large interurban car was blurred -- some single truck cars went between cities especially in the early years.
Are those streetcars or interurbans? How does one tell whether such a small car in a given location was a
streetcar or interurban?
Rather than toss in the towel, I divided the Indiana world up into ... did the line eventually fold into the
Indiana Railroad, or didn't it? A secret decoder ring for city service follows. Use Bill Vandervoort's map
from the Links menu to help figure out where to look for certain cars.
|Anderson||BecameIRR - UnionTractionStreetcars|
|Elkhart||NotPartOfIRR - Northern Indiana|
|Elwood||BecameIRR - UnionTractionStreetcars|
|Fort Wayne||BecameIRR - IndServCorpStreetcars|
|Goshen||NotPartOfIRR - Northern Indiana|
|Lafayette||BecameIRR - IndServCorpStreetcars|
|LaPorte||NotPartOfIRR - Northern Indiana|
|Logansport||BecameIRR - IndServCorpStreetcars|
|Marion||BecameIRR - UnionTractionStreetcars|
|Muncie||BecameIRR - UnionTractionStreetcars|
|Peru||BecameIRR - IndServCorpStreetcars|
|South Bend||NotPartOfIRR - Northern Indiana|
|Terre Haute||BecameIRR - THI&E|
|Wabash||BecameIRR - IndServCorpStreetcars|
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