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The abandonment is famous, or infamous, since they are one of the few railroads to abandon service at noon.At noon on July 3, 1957, CA&E trains returned to Wheaton empty, stranding many of their passengers in Chicago.For photos of the Chicago Aurora & Elgin, check out the railroad's photo archive.Quick Facts: When it ran: 1902-57; freight service until 1959 Early abandonments: Miles of line (1930): 68, plus trackage rights: 6 miles on Chicago Rapid Transit Co.At Wheaton, the multiple unit trains were divided, sending cars to Aurora, to Elgin and to the storage yard. Charles-Geneva was integrated with the train schedule, replacing other through cars. Though it installed all-steel cars in 1923-45, right until the end of service the rush hours saw trains of wooden equipment, the oldest dating from 1902.Steeple-cab locomotives and express motors hauled freight cars between connecting railroads and to or from on-line industries.

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To mark this historic day, both the Illinois Railway Museum and the Fox River Trolley museum will be staging re-enactments of the abandonment.

The Fox River trolley museum will be staging re-enactments on June 30th and July 1st.

and 2 miles on Aurora, Elgin & Fox River Electric Co. Frequency of service (1934, midday every day): On June 4, 1957, in the last month of service, a train heads west through Wheaton.

Car 452 is one of the newest; 431 in the rear was built in 1927.