This issue addresses the Illinois Central passenger operations into St. Louis. Considering the difficulty that the Illinois Central had in reaching St. Louis, the company's determination to pursue the opportunities in the St. Louis market place is remarkable. The line was independent in its pursuit of traffic and rather than be dependent upon the TRRA, preferred to service their own locomotives, yard their own engines, and use their own crews, even at Union Station.
The company built a respectable engine facility in East St. Louis and expanded its freight yard capacity - even building a hump yard at the Valley Jct. freight yard in East St. Louis in 1915. So unique was the operation that GRS published a pamphlet with illustrations and a fold out map of the yard.
The St. Louis connection to the Illinois Central Florida trains was tenuous at best. Even the Pullman Company suggested that the St. Louis cars which were switched into the Panama at Carbondale be discontinued as a timekeeping measure, but the IC would have none of it. So - every evening and every morning - the St. Louis cars were switched into or removed from the mainline trains, and not just the Panama - a similar routine was performed on the Seminole, and in older times, on the Floridan and the Sunchaser too.
Like so many rail lines that entered St. Louis, the Illinois Central has been overlooked when it came to St. Louis operations. This is the only issue for the 2006 membership year. Your continued support is much appreciated.
The Editor's Page
Illinois Central Comes to St. Louis
From the Daylight on the Night Diamond - It was An Impressive Fleet of Pullmans and Parlor Cars
Pages 4-118, with car floor plans, maps, timetables, charts, many color and B&W photos, period ads, six foldouts
C&NW Sleeping Cars Used in Illinois Central Service
From Kenosha to Miami in One Season
Dale A. Johnson
Pages 119-133, with car floor plans, maps, timetables, many color and B&W photos, period ads, one foldout
At Its Height - there were four Illinois Central trains to Florida
Pages 134-138, with car floor plans, timetables, period ads, B&W photos
Illinois Central's Other All Pullman Train
Pages 139-142, with timetable, color playing card back, foldout map of E. St. Louis, IL roundhouse area
Working at Union Station for the Illinois Central
"...I told him, 'Everything is OK'...but the train didn't move..."
Clinton F. Wertman
Illinois Central Activity at St. Louis Union Station, April 30, 1950
ICC Report of August 21, 1931 Accident at St. Louis Union Station
Page 145, with B&W photo
Illinois Central St. Louis Pullman Car Routes - 1904-1970
Other Illinois Central Pullman Sleeping Car Routes - 1930-1971
Selected Heavyweight Pullmans Assigned to Illinois Central
Illinois Central Lightweight Pullmans
Footnotes and Other Source Information
In Memory of Robert A. Ripper
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Last Update: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 by Rich Zellich