Mike is correct, the author's name on the book is indeed James D.
Johnson. He also authored two similarily formatted books on the
Illinois Traction (Lincoln Land Traction) and the Chicago Surface
Lines, (A Century of Chicago Streetcars) Along with the Aurora Elgin
book, which was the only one available in softcover (as far as I know),
these are three of the most collectible and sought after books for any
serious traction collection. (Based on both quality and content, as
well as a fairly small print run)
Additionally he had a magazine for a short time entitled Electic
Traction Quarterly (I may not have that name exactly correct, please
correct me if I am in error). I beleive there were about 10-12 issues
Mr Johnson is one of the major benefactors at IRM having contributed
both time, money, and especially equipment over the years. He is
currently the head of the signal department at IRM, and his
accomplishments and knowledge are widely known and regarded. For a fun
afternoon sometime, catch the CTC board on the IRM website and watch
the movement of trains on the mainline. Can't think of any other museum
operation that has anything to match this.
Having said all of that, as simpy as I can put this, Mr Johnson
decided to make a change in his life several years back. This same
person is now known legally and otherwise as Julie Ann Johnson.