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The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story
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From 1901 to 1938 the Lake Shore Electric claimed to be—and was considered by many—"The Greatest Electric Railway in the United States." It followed the shore of Lake Erie, connecting Cleveland and Toledo with a high-speed, limited-stop service and pioneered a form of intermodal transportation three decades before the rest of the industry. To millions of people the bright orange electric cars were an economical and comfortable means of escaping the urban mills and shops or the humdrum of rural life. In summers during the glory years there were never enough cars to handle the crowds. After reaching its peak in the early 1920s, however, the Lake Shore Electric suffered the fate of most of its sister lines: it was now competing with automobiles, trucks, and buses and could not rival them in convenience. The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story tells the story of this fascinating chapter in interurban transportation, including the missed opportunities that might have saved this railway.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright Pages
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Maps
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface and Dedication
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: The Lake Shore Electric—What It Was and Where It Went
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Frederick W. Coen, 1872–1942: “Mister Lake Shore Electric”
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Part I: The Story
  1. 1. Genesis: 1901–1903
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2. Putting It All Together: 1904–1907
  2. pp. 23-40
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  1. INTERLUDE A: THE LSE VS. WINTER
  2. pp. 41-44
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  1. 3. The Developing Years: 1908–1913
  2. pp. 45-60
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  1. INTERLUDE B: THE LSE IN SUMMERTIME
  2. pp. 61-66
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  1. 4. The Great War: 1914–1918
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. 5. Not Quite Normalcy: 1919–1922
  2. pp. 81-88
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  1. 6. A Snapshot at the Summit: The Lake Shore Electric in 1923
  2. pp. 89-98
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  1. 7. Transition: 1923–1929
  2. pp. 99-118
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  1. 8. The End of the Line: 1930–1938
  2. pp. 119-140
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  1. 9. Epilogue: The Afterlife
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. Part II: The Origins
  1. 10. The Predecessors: 1883–1906
  2. pp. 151-176
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  1. Part III: The Operations
  1. 11. Passenger Services
  2. pp. 179-194
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  1. 12. City Operations
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. 13. Freight Services
  2. pp. 209-230
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  1. INTERLUDE C: CLEVELAND TO TOLEDO ON THE LSE
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. 14. The Equipment
  2. pp. 239-268
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  1. Appendix 1: Equipment Rosters
  2. pp. 269-280
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  1. Appendix 2: Carbarns, Shops, Power Houses, and Substations
  2. pp. 281-290
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 291-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-298
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