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Paul H. Stringham

Born: March 17, 1913, Peoria, Illinois
Died: March 28, 2005, Peoria, Illinois

Connection to Illinois: Stringham was a native of Peoria.

Biography: Paul H. Stringham worked at Peoria Camera Shop and later worked in the cafeteria at Methodist Medical Center from 1958 until retiring in 1978. He was a noted historian and expert on streetcars and the railroad industry. His published works include "76 Years of Peoria Street Cars," "Illinois Terminal: The Electric Years" and "Toledo, Peoria & Western: Tried, Proven & Willing."


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

  76 Years of Peoria Street Cars : 25th Anniversary Edition
ISBN: 0963867628 OCLC:

Deller Archive, Inc San Marino, Calif. : 1989

Chicago & Illinois Midland
ISBN: 0870950770 OCLC: 5677090

Golden West Books San Marino, Calif. : 1979

With more than 355 illustrations; maps; reproductions; roster of motive power; bibliography; index. From dust jacket notes: "The Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway packs all the power and punch of a big-time railroad into capsule form, for this common carrier operates only 121 route miles of track and displays its diamond herald on only 21 diesel locomotives. For Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison, the sole owner of the Midland, these are ideal specifications; because the railroad exists to roll Illinois coal and unit trains of Western low-sulphur coal to Havana for the barge run up the Illinois River to Chicago...."

Illinois Terminal, the Electric Years
ISBN: 0916374823 OCLC: 20259944

Interurban Pr Glendale, Calif. : 1989

Fascinating history of the Illinois Traction System which maintained an electric interurban system into the 1950s. The author traces the line from its earliest days to the end, discussing its famed passenger service (with sleeping cars!) as well as the freight service, steam service, and the rail bus. With chapters on suburban service, the Valley Division, the Alton Line, the Illinois Terminal Railroad, the Belt Lines and freight service, accidents, stations, shops and car barns and even the recreation of a trip over the line. The chapter on the locomotives and rolling stock provides detailed rosters and photographs of 16 different kinds of equipment. Illustrated throughout with excellent black and white photos as well as a 16-page color section. With system map, ITS railroading, and bibliography. 263 pages with index.