The men who built the Cleveland Terminal Tower, who trains from around the country lumbered in and who later developed the bedroom community of Shaker Heights saw need to link their two gemstones. They did so by laying track from the suburb to its big brother, Cleveland.

That was 100 years ago. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority celebrates the beginnings of its rail lines by marking the accomplishments of O.P. and M.J. Van Sweringen, two brothers who wanted to develop  an easier route for the people who lived in Shaker Heights to get to their jobs in downtown Cleveland.

They understood the importance of rail, having bought the Nickel Plate Railroad. That was a heavier line.  What they were looking for was a lighter rail line for in-town commuters.

The route they began with what was called the Shaker Lakes Trolley.

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