Press Release              Event Date:  July 9, 2018


For further information contact Mary Chrastil, 260-982-0672



South Shore Railroad Featured at NM Historical Society


The North Manchester Historical Society’s July program presents the video Riding the Rails of History:  The Story of the South Shore Line.  The 2016 video was produced by the Lake County Historical Society and has been shown on Public Television stations in Northwest Indiana. The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9. 

NM Historical Society President Mary Chrastil suggests that “Everyone has either ridden the South Shore to Chicago, or always wanted to ride it.”  Chrastil grew up in Lake County and remembers taking the South Shore to see the Christmas window displays at Marshall Field’s and to visit the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Chicago Aquarium.  Today, Cubs fans fill the cars on home game days. 

The South Shore is America’s last electric interurban railroad.  It has survived the challenges such as the advent of the automobile that devastated once-popular interurban lines.  It remains an important economic engine to communities from Chicago to South Bend, serving thousands of commuters daily.  It has transported Indiana workers and shoppers to the Loop, and brings Chicago residents to popular Indiana attractions such as the Indiana Dunes and Notre Dame football games.  The railroad has experienced renewed popularity with environmentalists as a railroad powered by renewable energy.


Although successful today, the South Shore had numerous challenges and many times barely survived.  Its story is one of vision, luck, and community support.


The program is open to the public at no cost and will be enjoyable for audiences of all ages.  Come to see this quality production and learn the fascinating story of a truly unique enterprise that has earned a special place in the hearts of all railroad fans and the people it serves.