The Gregarious Railfan
The Alphabet Route
Description:  The Alphabet Route was an agreement between a group of railroads that formed a route to link the Midwest
(Chicago, St. Louis, great lake ports) and the Northeast (Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston). It was formed on
February 11, 1931, to compete with the larger railroads that had a direct route from the Midwest to the Northeast (Erie
Railroad, Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad). It was named the Alphabet Route because the majority of its
members went by their initials, which caused an alphabet soup of routing names.
The Railroads in the agreement.   

    NYC&StL        W&LE             P&WV           WM

    RDG             CNJ               L&HR           NYNH&H