Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Trolleys – CERA Bulletin #122 tells of the great impact that the electric railways had on the cities in the upper Wabash Valley. Electric interurbans linked five cities from Fort Wayne southwest through Huntington, Wabash and Logansport to Lafayette. The growth of these communities follows the development of the electric interurban.
Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Trolleys – CERA Bulletin #122 follows the growth of Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction Company’s (FWWVTC) electric rail empire from the consolidation of smaller lines. Large amounts of eastern capital flowed into the midwest during the first decade of the century. The eastern Schoepf-McGowan Syndicate eventually controlled about 1400 miles of interurban lines in Indiana and Ohio. Syndicate affiliates joined forces to forces to connect the FWWVTC with Indianapolis, IN and Lima, OH. They handled both passenger and freight traffic.
This book is one of the few books that describes both the streetcar and interurban trolleys in Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne started with horsecars and was replaced by electric streetcars. These systems ruled the city of a half century and added to the prosperity of the city and region. The book includes maps that show where everything used to run in and around the city.
The publisher of Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Trolleys – CERA Bulletin #122 is the Central Electric Railfan’s Association (CERA) was formed 1938. The CERA encourages the study of the history, equipment, and operations of urban, suburban, interurban and main line electric railways. This book is published by the organization. A number of those publications are available on this site. Meetings are also held monthly by the organization in Chicago, IL. More information about the CERA is available at www.cera-chicago.org/.
Historians, rail enthusiasts and the general public alike, will delight in the pictures and information in this volume, Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Trolleys – CERA Bulletin #122 and the other CERA Bulletins.