ARCADIA, Ind. — John D. Horachek, former employee and long-time student of the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee interurban line, died Feb. 5. He was 80.
Horachek worked for the North Shore as a trainman, conductor, and motorman until the line shut down on Jan. 20, 1963. He was part of the crew on the last Electroliner run that day.
Following the shutdown, he was deeply involved in arranging the preservation of North Shore equipment at trolley museums in several states. Office personnel at company headquarters helped him preserve corporate documents and other ephemera.
Using these materials, Horachek wrote many articles about the North Shore, including a two-part article, “The Electroliner Legend,” in the October and November 1982 issues of Trains.