‘World’s finest train’ rolls through Cass County
With the Wabash Railroad mired in receivership, a federal judge decided it could no longer control the Peoria, Pekin & Jacksonville.
Thus, in 1887, the struggling PP&J was absorbed into a new railroad, the fabled Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis Railway, which had been created by the Jacksonville Southeastern Line. Again, optimism was rampant.
Before going any further, it might be helpful to describe the CP&StL of 1890. The railroad owned or had trackage rights over the Peoria-Pekin-Havana-Jacksonville-Litchfield-Madison-St.Louis route and the Havana-Springfield-Litchfield line. Later, the CP&StL would run from Springfield to Waverly, Jerseyville, Alton and St. Louis, as well as between Alton and Grafton. Confused? You are not alone.