Waukegan and Southwestern Railway Memorabilia Value Guide
It is not known exactly when the Waukegan and Southwestern Railway started operating but we do know that it stopped service in 1891. Many times when we don't have a start date that indicates that the railroad was possibly an offshoot or a successor to a previous railroad of a similar name and no one has been able to determine exactly when that split happened. Other times the records of when the railroad was started simply have been lost or destroyed by time, and even still other times we just haven't found the information yet.
Railroads in the United States began development as early as the 1820s along the East Coast of the US and expanded westward with the major milestone in the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Railroads were developing rapidly through the late 1800s with many new railroads being started in the 1880s and 90s. As time progressed railroads began consolidating and today there are only 7 Class I railroads where once there were over 100. Railroads have adapted over the years from what used to be a good mix of freight and passenger transportation to what today is almost exclusively freight.
Waukegan and Southwestern Railway only operated in 1 state which is indicative of smaller lines, or in some cases lines in larger states. Many one state railroads are short line railroads that didn't have large areas of coverage or large promotional budgets so items from them are likely to be somewhat rare and could be worth more if the railroad didn't exist for long or if it didn't produce many collectible items.
Waukegan and Southwestern Railway Operated Routes in the Following States: Illinois