The Chicago, Attica and Southern Railroad
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This line was once part of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad, spun off to the CA&S in the 1920's or 30's. Line was in much financial trouble and was finally abandoned small sections at a time until the final section about 1948. One small section remains running South from the Norfolk Southern tracks in Attica to service a business. Jim Thomas, of the "Train Exchange" hobby shop in Kokomo, In, is close or finished with a book about the CA&S that should tell all the history of this long gone line and I look forward to getting a copy when available.
A part of this line was purchased by Baltimore and Ohio and was used for quarries, etc. One locomotive was a steam locomotive form Montezuma Sand and Gravel, a saddle tanker, on display ath the Montgicello Railway Museum. It was used from 1972 to 1987, but now is a static display piece.
I'll be finishing a book on the CA&S this summer.
This map is in error in three respects. 1) The CA&S never owned the line that ran from the state line to Momence Junction in Illinois. 2) The CA&S never owned nor operated the line that ran from Brazil to the junction with the B&O main line to Springfield(I can't remember the name of that junction right now). 3) The line from Percy Junction to La Crosse is not shown.
At one time, the CA&S had trackage rights on the Pere Marquette from Lacrosse to Wellsboro, where there was a junction with the B&O and the Grand Trunk.
The CA&S and its predecessors is given lots of coverage in Elmer Sulzer's "Ghost Railroads of Indiana". Originally published in the early 70's, it was reprinted by Indiana Univ. Press in more recent years; shouldn't be too hard to find a copy.