Interurban Cars

St Louis 1906 Illinois Terminal 233
St Louis 1906
Illinois Terminal 233
Description:Single-end arch-roof wood office car

Equipment Information

Illinois Terminal 233 is an interurban office car. Originally constructed as a coach and named the “Missouri,” after only a few years it was rebuilt as a parlor and office car. It was fitted with a seating compartment at the front, a large open dining room, and a kitchen. The highlight of its career was when it pulled observation trailer 234 in a special train in 1911 carrying President William Howard Taft between St. Louis and Springfield, IL. Often paired with observation car 234 in later years, car 233 was preserved intact (though with its motors removed) and is on public display at IRM.

Illinois Terminal 233 Details

Builder: St. Louis Car Company
Year Built: 1906
Seats: 16
Length: 62ft 2in
Width: 8ft 11in
Height: 12ft 10in
Weight: 95000 lbs
Brakes: AMS
Motors: None
Control: M-C6
Compressor: 2 D2-EG
Trucks: StL 61A
Description: Single End / Double Truck / Arch Roof / Office
Arrived: 1968
Condition: Incomplete / cosmetically restored / not operational

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IT 233 Ownership History

1906-1909 – Illinois Traction System “Missouri”
1909-1928 – Illinois Traction System #233
1928-1956 – Illinois Terminal #233
1956-1968 – Illini Railroad Club, Champaign, IL
1968-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL

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