The Electric Railways of Madison County

The East St. Louis and Suburban Railway began as a number of privately-owned electric streetcars and intercity electric trains that eventually covered all but the southeast corner of Madison County. Most were gone by the late 1930s, except for a line from Granite City to St. Louis where the cars continued to run until 1958. In this issue of the MCHS news, railroad historian Mark Godwin, of Lebanon, tells of the rise and fall of the electric trains in Madison County.