The Train From Randolph Street by Norm Carlson in First and Fastest Summer 2006- an article with a picture of Peter Schlax in 1926 taking the first electric commuter train trip (on p. 6) .
A page from a book on the History of Illinois Central with an entry for Peter Schlax p 594 History of the Illinois Central Railroad Company and representative employees by William K. Ackerman, Railroad Historical Company, Illinois Central Railroad Company
Biography of Engine No. 1 42 1
Chicago, June 4, 1917.
Mr. W. S. Williams :
I give you below data which I think is quite interesting concerning engine
1421 in suburban service since 1891 and assigned to Engineer Peter Schlax
during these 26 years. Since Mr. Schlax has taken a great deal of pride in
keeping up the engine in his charge.
1891 built by I. C. R. R., Weldon shops, No. 279 later changed to No.
221 and in 1900 again changed to No. 1421.
From 1891 to 1894 engine 104,500
Jan., 1894, received general repairs $ 1,288.19]
March, 1895, received light repairs 167.38 \ 197,100
Aug., 1895, received general repairs .” 790. 09J
Feb., 1900, received general repairs 1,551.37 85,800
Nov., 1902, received thorough repairs 2,044.76 88,138
April, 1905, received general repairs 1,770.02 83,945
Oct., 1905, received light repairs 109.31]
Dec., 1905, received light repairs 268.341 77,677
Sept., 1907, received thorough repairs 2,076. 78J
April, 1909, received light repairs 312.75)
Oct., 1909, received light repairs 187.40}- 79,401
April, 1910, received thorough repairs .. 2,248.10J
May, 1912, received thorough repairs 2,123.95] 73,644
Sept., 1912, received light repairs 540.06 }>
Nov., 1912, received light repairs 102. 68J 69,458
July, 1914, received general repairs ‘. 3,225.42
April, 1916, received light repairs : 289.29 78,025
June, 1917, in Burnside shops for general repairs
Total cost $19,095.89
Total miles 937,688
Yearly average expense $734.45
Yearly average, miles 36,065
Cost of repairs per mile $.02
D. E. Hilgartner.
This is a photo of a 2-4-4T locomotive that is similar to 1421 that Peter ran. The 1421 was made by Illinois Central but this one was made by Rogers. This was found at http://www.yesteryeardepot.com/IC201.JPG. This locomotive is at the Illinois Railway Museum.
These are images from the Chicago Historical Society of the Street Car strike in 1915 at Randolph Street Station. This was the station that Peter worked at. Because the street cars weren’t running, the commuter trains were packed. This may mean that Peter was the first “Packer” in the family.