1932 : Erie to Chicago Train Journey

 

Meher Baba wearing a brown suit
Meher Baba wearing a brown suit
SECOND  PAGE
SECOND PAGE

 

On this page, the portion of the rail journey that Meher Baba took covers only the area between Erie, PA. and Chicagi, IL. on the first day. The rest of the train journey is found on the following pages. See the index on the L/H side ( 1932 : ..... ).

 

 

NOTE : The route marked on the maps are as accurate as per the information it's based on. There might have been slight deviations in some parts due to the day of the week or faults in the rail-line on the day.

 

The Golden State Limited train traveled along different rail lines after leaving Chicago to reach Los Angeles.

These rail lines were called by different names between certain towns and cities. The rail line between Chicago & Kansas City the line was called Chicago, Rock Is. & Pacific Line.

Between Kansas City and Tucumcari, NM. it was called Rock Island Line and onto to El Paso,TX. it was the Southern Pacific  Line.

The final leg of the journey between El Paso and Los Angeles,CA. it was also the Southern Pacific Line.

 

NOTE : Because of the lack of information presently, we cannot determine which of 2 train routes Meher Baba traveled along in the states of New Mexico & Arizona. These routes are marked in both rose and blue.

 

 

 

This page continues to highlight the epic rail journey across the United States that Meher Baba and his companions made between Harmon, New York State and Chicago, Illinois. There were eleven rail stops between these two destinations. All major rail stops are featured separately. The journey took almost 20 hours since leaving Harmon at midnight 25th May ( EST ) and arriving in Chicago ( CST ) at 7:20pm 26th May.

The sequence of the maps follow the path of the route taken in the same order, state by state.

 Because of the amount of detail in this trip it occupies 2 pages. This page being the 2nd.

To visit the 1st of these two pages, click on the button below.

 

1930s - Typical steam locomotive train on the New York Central line ( 20th Century & Iroquios line ).
1930s - Typical steam locomotive train on the New York Central line ( 20th Century & Iroquios line ).

PENNSYLVANIA  STATE  RAIL  ROUTE

 

PENNSYLVANIA STATE : This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Pennsylvania. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE : This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Pennsylvania. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.

There is no indication how long the train stopped at each train station or where the locomotives were changed over.

The only mention of leaving the train in his journey to Chicago was only when he arrived In Chicago.

 

Close up of the train route through Pennsylvania
Close up of the train route through Pennsylvania

ERIE, PA.

Meher Baba's train arrived in Erie approx. 9am 26th May 1932

 

TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN ERIE, PA. TO CLEVELAND, OH.  IS 96 MILES / 154 KMS.

 

 

ERIE IN THE PAST

PRESENT  DAY

Old Erie Union Station
Old Erie Union Station

Golden State Limited Train / 20th Century Limited Train

 

OHIO  STATE  RAIL  ROUTE

 

OHIO STATE MAP : This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Ohio. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.
OHIO STATE MAP : This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Ohio. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.

CLEVELAND, OH.

 

1930s
1930s

TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN CLEVELAND TO TOLEDO, OH.  IS 101 MILES / 163 KMS.

 

Meher Baba's train arrived in Cleveland approx. 12am midday 26th May 1932

1928
1928

Cleveland in the Past

Cleveland Union Rail Terminal Interior

Cleveland Railway in the past

Present Day

Present day
Present day

 

TOLEDO, OH.

 

Present Day
Present Day
Early 1900s
Early 1900s

TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN TOLEDO, OH. & SOUTH BEND, IN. IS 152 MILES / 244 KMS.

 

Meher Baba's train arrived in Toledo approx. 2:30 pm 26th May 1932

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo,_Ohio

Toledo's Old Union Station

A private citizen's attempts to get the local authorities to build a new railway station
A private citizen's attempts to get the local authorities to build a new railway station

Toledo's Central Union Station - built 1950s

New Union Station built in the 1950s
New Union Station built in the 1950s

Toledo in the Past

Present Day

INDIANA  STATE  RAIL  ROUTE

 

INDIANA STATE MAP : This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Indiana. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.
INDIANA STATE MAP : This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Indiana. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.

SOUTH BEND, IN.

 

TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN SOUTH BEND, IN. & CHICAGO, IL. IS 76 MILES / 122 KMS.

 

Meher Baba's train arrived in South Bend approx. 5:30 pm 26th May 1932

 

TOTAL RAIL DISTANCE BETWEEN CLEVELAND, IN. & CHICAGO, IL. IS 340 MILES / 548 KMS.

 

Arrived in Chicago at 7:20 pm that night at La Salle Train Station and travelled by cabs to Grand Central Station to catch the train that would take Meher Baba and his companions to Los Angeles, the train departed that same night.

 

Studebaker's Automobile Plant-center & Wilson & Bros shirts - lower left
Studebaker's Automobile Plant-center & Wilson & Bros shirts - lower left

 

The following extract is Quentin Tod's recollections from his diary, printed in

The Awakener magazine ; Vol.X11, No.3 - page 7

South Bend Union Station ( now closed )

South Bend Union Station
South Bend Union Station
Steam locomotive 4907 at Union Station in South Bend, 1936
Steam locomotive 4907 at Union Station in South Bend, 1936

 

The Golden State Limited train traveled along different rail lines after leaving Chicago to reach Los Angeles.

These rail lines were called by different names between certain towns and cities. The rail line between Chicago & Kansas City the line was called Chicago, Rock Is. & Pacific Line.

Between Kansas City and Tucumcari, NM. it was called Rock Island Line and onto to El Paso,TX. it was the Southern Pacific  Line.

The final leg of the journey between El Paso and Los Angeles,CA. it was also the Southern Pacific Line.

 

Because of the lack of information presently, we cannot determine which of 2 train route Meher Baba travelled along in the states of New Mexico & Arizona. These routes are marked in both rose and blue.

South Bend in the Past

Notre Dame University

There are possibly another 3 railway stops that the train could have made only because of their size, but there is no evidence presently.

 

1. La Porte

2. Gary

3. East Chicago

 

LA  PORTE, IN.

GARY, IN.

Gary Union Station - closed
Gary Union Station - closed

EAST  CHICAGO,  IN.

ILLINOIS  STATE  RAIL  ROUTE

 

ILLINOIS STATE MAP : This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Illinois. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.
ILLINOIS STATE MAP : This map shows the journey Meher Baba took across the state of Illinois. This map apart from the rivers and county lines only shows rail-lines not roads.

 

CHICAGO,  ILLINOIS

 

Arrived in Chicago at 7:20 pm that night at La Salle Train Station and travelled by cabs to Grand Central Station to catch the train that would take Meher Baba and his companions to Los Angeles, the train departed that same night, about 2 hours later.

 

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