It was also well known for its passenger service and operated some of the finest passenger trains: the Green Diamond, the all-Pullman Panama Limited, and the City of New Orleans. Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad covers the railroad’s operations within the city of Chicago, plus the outlying suburbs, from the late 1800s to 1960. It explores, through vintage photographs, the passenger and freight trains, suburban trains, locomotives, shops and repair facilities, and people that made the railroad function.
Chicago, Illinois, is the largest city on the Great Lakes. Railroads became the fastest transportation for people and the most economical for goods during the 19th century. New Orleans, near the mouth of the Mississippi, was the principal city in French America and became the capital of the state of Louisiana. Iowa went from the Michigan Territory to the Wisconsin Territory and finally to statehood in 1846.