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Unbuilt Jax: Florida Interurban Railway & Tunnel Co.
« on: January 19, 2012, 03:09:49 AM »
Unbuilt Jax: Florida Interurban Railway & Tunnel Co.



Metro Jacksonville uncovers and shares the long-forgotten story of Jacksonville's Florida Interurban Railway and Tunnel Company.


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Re: Unbuilt Jax: Florida Interurban Railway & Tunnel Co.
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2012, 09:38:22 AM »

PACIFIC ELECTRIC BLIMP

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By 1910, there was a very large network of small interurban lines in the U.S., particularly in Indiana and Ohio. Many were financially weak from the beginning. An electric interurban railroad was expensive to build, and there were always construction surprises, such as an unplanned bridge, or a town that demanded streets for the interurban to construct, and franchise fees. In operation, interurbans were labor-intensive and physical plant expensive, and frequently passenger revenues were not as originally projected. Many did not survive the 1920s, following the country's growing adoption of the automobile and the onset of the Great Depression in 1930.

By emphasizing freight service, some interurban lines (such as the Cincinnati and Lake Erie Railroad, the Indiana Railroad, the Lake Shore Electric Railway, and portions of the Pacific Electric) struggled through the Depression but were abandoned just before World War II.


Just for the sake of clarity the giant Pacific Electric soldiered on until 1961, which probably goes hand in hand with my own love of railroads, and electrics. It was once over 1,200 miles long with lines radiating in all directions from downtown Los Angeles. My first train ride was on one of their massive "Blimps" just months before it quit. Even so, many if not most of the PE survives today as a part of the Union Pacific... It really did go anywhere you wanted to go. This interurban Company operated many hundreds of miles of private right-of-way, it was so busy that there was a 4 track mainline  running south from LA through Watts.


As for the 'midwestern' Interurbans, combined they were larger then the PE, but they were shot in foot by Detroit and the 'steam railroads,' before the consolidations could be effected. THIS network of electrics were just 125 miles short of being able to travel from Milwaukee to New York City!

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Re: Unbuilt Jax: Florida Interurban Railway & Tunnel Co.
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012, 03:56:51 PM »
Wow, let's bring 'em back.

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Re: Unbuilt Jax: Florida Interurban Railway & Tunnel Co.
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 07:47:31 PM »
It is unbelievable that all these transport networks were destroyed. We are a wasteful, short sighted nation.