North America’s last interurban on street in Michigan City, on board to South Bend.

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North America’s last interurban on street in Michigan City, on board to South Bend.

The 8.10 p. m. two-car train from Michigan City moves through 11 th Street East, Chicago-bound, at dusk on August 4th, 1972.
Two coupled black Norfolk & Western diesel freight locomotives loom out of the night on 11th Street East, stop for a red highway signal at Franklin Street then, with bell tolling, move on into 11 th Street West towards Chicago.
On the morning of August 5th, 1972, we meet an ex-lndiana Railroad interurban passenger and post office car, now South Shore line car 1100, heading the line train west along 11th Street to work on the overhead line. It gives a deep blast on the air horn as it pauses for the highway signals at Franklin Street, pulling a cabledrum flatcar and a dead diesel switcher ex-Buffalo Creek Railway.
Sounds of a traditional streetcar gong as the 8.15 a.m. two-car train from Michigan City to Chicago moves cautiously through 11th Street, stopping to pick up westbound passengers at Michigan City station.
The 9.05 a.m. two-car train from Michigan City to Chicago shakes the residential neighbourhood as it drifts through the tunnel of trees on 11th Street East and powers through a reverse curve and over a brow towards the city station.
The South Shore Line enters Michigan City on 10th Street and curves through a private right of way on to 11th Street. The 8 a.m. two-car train from Chicago briefly sounds its horn as it swings off the p.r.w. into 11th Street West and passes by towards the city station.
We are on board a two-car train, the 11.59 a.m. from Chicago, recorded for 17 miles from the stop at Rolling Prairie, calling at Lake Park, Hudson Lake and New Carlisle then speeding at 75 m.p.h. along the 12-mile straight to South Bend. We hear the sounds of highway crossing bells and the conductor opening and closing the door with the folding steps at the stops and the mighty air brake compressors churning at the terminus.

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