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Illinois Prairie Path to give presentation about historic railway

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:08 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST — Do you remember the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin "Third Rail" line that operated through Chicago's western suburbs? Today, the Illinois Prairie Path is located on 62 miles of right-of-way that used to be the old CA&E route.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Illinois Prairie Path not-for-profit corporation has arranged a presentation about the history of the CA&E railroad at 7 p.m. April 22 at Wilder Mansion, 211 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst.

Co-author and historian Fred Stark of Washington, Iowa, will be the main presenter.

It took nine years for Stark and his cousin, Peter Weller, to research and write "The Living Legacy of the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin."

Published in 1999, their book has become a collector's item among train enthusiasts, according to a news release.

Contributor to the book Richard Stark, formerly of Elmhurst, also will be part of the evening’s presentation. Fred and Richard Stark will display their collection of rare CA&E artifacts that pertain to the Elmhurst area.

Additional highlights include Mike Schmidt, a musician from Warrenville; Fred Stark’s memorabilia table; Richard Stark’s memorabilia table; and the Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Trolley Museum tables.

More information about the Illinois Prairie Path and this event is available at ipp.org.

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