The battle between St. Louis and Chicago to be the Midwest’s leading
city long predates the one between the Cardinals and the Cubs. Chicago
won the fight to be considered part of the nation’s first
transcontinental railroad, and the Gateway City’s delay in building a
railroad bridge over the Mississippi River kept St. Louis in second
place railroad service in the Midwest. But while Chicago had the Pullman
Car Company, St. Louis featured more of the most important
manufacturers in the rail industry, including American Car & Foundry
and the St. Louis Car Company. St. Louis was dotted with historic rail
structures ranging from its grand Union Station to depots built just
after the Civil War, and a number of its suburbs were born of rail lines
serving the area, with streets that still wear the names of the
railroads they paralleled.
In Trains and Trolleys of St. Louis, you have a ticket to
hop aboard and travel across nearly two centuries through what the city
built, operated, and preserved for the railroad. Hear the stories of the
great-grandfathers who worked the rails, or take a walk down memory
lane and a streetcar ride down to Gaslight Square. Local author and
locomotive enthusiast Molly Butterworth carefully catalogues the history
and significance of St. Louis’ connection to its railroad days.
Through the years, many of the railroad stations and streetcar stops
have gone by the wayside, but their stories have lived on. Read about
the ones you can still go enjoy, included in the many wonderful secrets
shared among the pages of Trains and Trolleys of St. Louis.