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Volume 1 in this series focuses on the routes and trackage owned and operated by the railroad and its predecessor, the Aurora, Elgin & Chicago. Perhaps the country's first successful high-speed interurban, this railroad became an important link in the commuter network around Chicago. This book covers Samuel Insull's role, the Wells Terminal, shared trackage with the "L", Forest Park, Westchester and Mt. Carmel, Cook County, Wheaton, Aurora, Batavia, Elgin, and Geneva. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos as well as a short color section. With numerous maps including end paper map showing entire system. 160 pages.