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Happy Holiday Railway - Weekends through Dec. 18

Interurban Cars

Danville 1910 Illinois Terminal 234
Danville 1910
Illinois Terminal 234
Description:Single-end arch-roof wood observation

Equipment Information

Illinois Terminal 234 is a rare interurban observation car, built with an open rear platform and a parlor seating compartment. The car was used by the IT as a business car and parlor car, with the highlight of its career coming in 1912 when it carried President William Howard Taft over the IT on a special charter. It is the only interurban car built by the Danville Car Company and the only open-platform observation car from a Midwestern interurban line to be preserved.

Builder: Danville Car Company
Year Built: 1910
Seats: 23
Length: 52ft 6in
Width: 8ft 10in
Height: 13ft 1in
Weight: 67600 lbs
Brakes: U-12
Motors: None
Control: None
Compressor: None
Trucks: StL 102
Description: Single End / Double Truck / Arch Roof / Observation
Arrived: 1968
Condition: Complete / cosmetically restored / operational

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Ownership History
1910-1927 – Illinois Traction System “Champaign”
1927-1928 – Illinois Traction System “Sangamon”
1928-1936 – Illinois Terminal “Sangamon”
1936-1956 – Illinois Terminal
1956-1968 – Illini Railroad Club, Champaign, IL
1968-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL