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FAQ: Maps of Electric Railways
« on: February 12, 2005, 02:41:25 PM »
RB1FAQ Maps of Electric Railways

http://indiana.railfan.net/maps.html
http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=3322

Bill Vandervoort's website
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http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/INCORP/interurbanrail/map.html
http://images4.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/dc007&CISOPTR=88&REC=17
updated link May 18th 2009
http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/dc007&CISOPTR=88&CISOBOX=1&REC=1
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/txu-oclc-6445490-electric_railway-anderson-1913.jpg

Less than a 100 years ago, before the existance of paved roads, most of the communities in Indiana were connected together by a network of Electric Railways.  Though these cars ran on rails, people didn't call them trains.  They were owned and operated by Traction Companies.  People called them Interurbans.

--  Union Traction Co. of Indiana (UTC)
acquired Muncie & Portland Traction Co. (M&PT)
served the communities of Indianapolis, Broad Ripple, Home Place, Carmel, Noblesville, Cicero, Atlanta, Tipton, Kokomo, Galveston, Walton, and  Logansport (entering at Kienly Island); Kokomo,  Bunker Hill, and Peru.
served the communities of Indianapolis,  Lawrence, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Oaklanden, Fortville, Pendleton, Anderson, Alexandria, Elwood, and Tipton; Alexandria, Summitville, Fairmont, Jonesboro, Gas City, Marion, La Fontaine,  and Wabash; Anderson and Middleton; Anderson, Daleville, and Muncie.
served the communities of Indianapolis, Brookside Park, Mt Comfort, New Castle, Springport, Muncie, Riverview Park, Albany, Dunkirk, Redkey, and Portland; Muncie, Eaton, Hartford City, Montpelier, and Blufton.

--  Terre Haute Indianapolis & Eastern Traction Co. (THI&E)
served the communities of Indianapolis, Mooresville,  and Martinsville.
served the communities of  Indianapolis, Plainfield,
Cartersburg, Amo, Coatesville, Greencastle, Brazil, Terre Haute and Sullivan; Terre Haute and Paris, IL; Terre Haute and Clinton.
served the communities of Indianapolis, Avon, and Danville.
served the communities of Indianapolis, Clermont, Brownsburg, Pittsboro and Crawfordsville.
served the communities of Indianapolis, Zionsville, Whitestown, Lebanon, Frankfort, Mulberry, Dayton, and Lafayette; Lebanon and Crawfordsville.
served the communities of Indianapolis, Cumberland, Greenfield, Knightstown, Dunreith, and Richmond; Dunreith and New Castle.

--  Indiana Service Corp. (ISC)
served the communities of Ft Wayne and Decatur.
served the communities of Ft Wayne, Kingsland, and Bluffton.  
acquired Marion & Bluffton Traction Co. (M&B)
served the communities of Bluffton, Warren, Van Buren, and Marion.
formerly Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway (T&C)
formerly Ft. Wayne & Northwestern Railway Co. (FW&NW)
served the communities of Ft Wayne, Garrett and Kendallville; Garrett and Waterloo.
formerly Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction Co. (FW&WB)
served the communities of Ft Wayne, Huntington, Andrews, Wabash, Peru, Logansport, Delphi, and Lafayette.

--  Northern Indiana Power Co. (NIP)
formerly  Indiana Railways & Light Co. (IR&L)
formerly Kokomo Marion & Western Traction Co.
formerly Kokomo Frankfort & Western Traction Co.
served the communities of Marion, Swayzee, Greentown, Kokomo, Russiaville, Michigantown, and Frankfort.

-- Indianapolis & Cincinnati Traction Co. (I&C)
served the communities of Indianapolis, Julietta, New Palestine, Morristown, Gwynnville, and Connersville
served the communities of Indianapolis, Wanamaker, Fairland, Shelbyville, and Rushville.

-- Winona Railroad Co. (yes, it was an electric railway)
served the communities of Peru, Chili, Akron, Meritone, Warsaw, Milford, and Goshen.

-- Interstate Public Service Co.
served the communities of Indianapolis, Fountain Square, Garfield Park, Southport, Greenwood, Franklin,  Amity, Edinburgh, Columbus, Azalia, Reddington, Seymour, Crothersville, Scottsburg, Speed and Jeffersonville.
  
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Re: RB1FAQ Maps of Electric Railways
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2005, 02:49:23 PM »

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Re: RB1FAQ Maps of Electric Railways
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2005, 12:52:08 PM »
UTC via Madison Co. 1901 Plat Book

http://atlas.ulib.iupui.edu/hist_map/Madison/1901/title.html
http://atlas.ulib.iupui.edu/hist_map/Madison/1901/cities.html
http://atlas.ulib.iupui.edu/hist_map/Madison/1901/twp_maps.html  

UTC Indy-Anderson at Ingalles
View by clicking on Green Township

UTC Indy-Anderson at Pendleton
View by clikcing on Fall Creek Township

UTC Indy-Anderson at Anderson
View by clicking on Anderson Township

UTC Anderson-Muncie at Chesterfield
View by clicking on Union Twp

UTC Anderson-Marion at Anderson northside
View by clicking on Lafayette Township

UTC Anderson-Marion at Alexandria
View by clicking on Monroe Township

UTC Anderson-Marion at Summitville
View by clicking on Van Buren Township

UTC Tipton-Alexandria at Elwood
View by clicking on Pipe Creek Township

UTC Tipton-Alexandria at Alexandria
View by clicking on Monroe Township

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Re: RB1FAQ Maps of Electric Railways
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2005, 10:40:29 PM »
Indiana Union Traction Company and connecting lines, 1905 (or possibly earlier).
http://www.indiana.edu/~libgm/imdb/imdbimage32.html
Note that the map is a 50mb pdf file.
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Re: FAQ: Maps of Electric Railways
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2005, 10:28:56 AM »
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The Indiana Historical Society has a copy of the 1907 Official Railroad Map of Indiana online.  This is probably the best map I've seen since it is from the peak railroad period in Indiana.  The still-growing system of interurbans are also shown.

http://images4.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/dc007&CISOPTR=88&REC=17
updated link May 18th 2009
http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/dc007&CISOPTR=88&CISOBOX=1&REC=1

use this "reference url" -- updated DEC 31st 2009
http://images.indianahistory.org/u?/dc007,88
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Re: FAQ: Maps of Electric Railways
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2006, 10:25:32 PM »
UTC via Delaware Co. current on-line plat book.
http://www.sidwellmaps.com/website/delawareco/

http://indianarailroads.org/board/index.php?topic=8159.0
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I have been checking this site and have found considerable information to consider. Check the 1907 Parke and Vigo county maps. Just click county and browse.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Indiana/

Think GIS
http://shelby.in.wthgis.com/

Other GIS
http://www.claycountyin.gov/index.pl?id=6438;isa=Category;op=show
http://owenin.egis.39dn.com/
http://morganin.egis.39dn.com/

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Re: FAQ: Maps of Electric Railways
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2006, 11:04:55 AM »
http://indiana.railfan.net/board/?num=1154752130

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The IUPUI library's online resources now includes collections of plat books for all 92 counties.

These look to be from the 1920's and 30's, so they're useful for those of you looking for interurban and long gone railroad routes.

They are all collected into 6 volumes, so you'll have to do some poking around to find the location you're looking for, but it can be worth it.

http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2FIndianaPlat

Post if you find anything interesting from these plat books.  

One thing I've found in the 1/2 hour of my searching is the Lebanon and Thorntown interurban.  According to the plat book, it crossed the PRR in Lebanon at the Main Street underpass (not the Big 4 underpass).


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Re: FAQ: Maps of Electric Railways
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2013, 01:36:34 PM »
The Univ. of Texas at Austin Libraries
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/

US Geographical Survey Map of Indiana - April 1, 1925
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/indexes/txu-pclmaps-topo-in-index-1925.jpg

Interesting map showing lines of both traditional and electric railways...