Heapin' Helping of History

When not actually aboard the train this spring, the Midwest Rail Rangers are still serving up a heapin’ helping of South Shore Line history!

The organization chose to team up with four local libraries across Illinois and Indiana to help educate residents about the unique history of the South Shore Line.

Normally there isn’t much time when riding the train to delve deep into what makes the South Shore Line so special, but through these special one-hour presentations, you can learn about America’s Last Interurban Railroad.

Volunteer Interpretive Guides with the Midwest Rail Rangers will be making the rounds to the upcoming locations: Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 11:00AM ET at the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library (408 Bray Street in New Carlisle); Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 2:00PM CT at the La Porte County Library - Coolspring Branch (6925 W. 400N in Michigan City); and Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Lake County Public Library - Merrillville Branch (1919 81st Avenue in Merrillville).

Following each presentation, the Midwest Rail Rangers will also hold a book signing for their 100-page Chicago to South Bend South Shore Line route guide entitled “Outside the Rails: A Rail Route Guide from Chicago to South Bend, IN”.

Personally autographed copies by the authors will be available for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization’s efforts. Additional route guidebooks for other Midwest train routes will also be available for purchase. Copies of these books can also be purchased in advance on-line at www.MidwestRails.com.

And if all of that isn’t enough, the Midwest Rail Rangers will also be presenting special on-board educational programs on private rail excursions across the Upper Midwest this year, too.

This includes rides on coach charters and/or trips featuring luxurious historic railcars from the 1950’s and 1960’s that operate on the back of regular Amtrak trains.

Interpretive Guides will be presenting programs out to Kewanee, Illinois on Sunday, May 5th; Carbondale, Illinois on Saturday, June 8th; Galesburg and Quincy, Illinois on Saturday, June 22nd; Detroit, Michigan on the weekend of July 19-21st; Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 17th; the Twin Cities on the weekend of October 4-6th and a custom-designed Southern Illinois train/bus tour on the weekend of October 26-27th.

More details and ticketing information for these trips are available on the Midwest Rail Rangers’ website: www.RailRangers.org. There are plenty of events going on this spring and summer -- we hope to see you out at one soon.

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