An interurban line to Cass County
As electric interurban fever swept through the Midwest during the first decade of the 20th century, there was talk of bringing the electric cars to Cass County.
Interurbans ran from town to town much like the established steam railroads. However, these electric railways offered more frequent service than the steam lines. Furthermore, their cars would stop at almost every point along the line, making interurbans a favorite among farmers and other rural folks.
Though proposals surfaced from time to time, only one had a semblance of legitimacy. Incorporated on May 31, 1907, the Springfield, Beardstown & Quincy Railway proposed to build an electric interurban from Springfield through Petersburg, Chanderville, Beardstown, and on to Quincy. From time to time, newspapers reported surveying work had begun.