NEJC once had its own rail system, Westwood reminds residents in wake of streetcar excitement

During the last century, a rail transit system ran through Johnson County.
During the last century, a rail transit system ran through Johnson County.

From 1906 to 1940 a commuter rail line connected Johnson County to Kansas City. The City of Westwood reminded residents that with the excitement around the newest streetcar line opening in Kansas City, in the last century, Westwood was served by a rail system.

The latest edition of the city’s email newsletter contains a historical look back at the Strang Line, an interurban system that ran adjacent to what is today Westwood. The rail system connected Kansas City to Olathe.

Before crossing into Johnson County the line ran just north of the current location of Joe’s Kansas City and the Fairway North Shopping Center on 47th Street. From there it made its way through the heart of present-day Roeland Park and Mission following the old Santa Fe Trail for much of the way. It brushed past what is now SM North High School when it crossed Metcalf and headed south to the Milburn Country Club and beyond.

The line finally was doomed by the automobile and U.S. 50 and K-10 that cut the time it took to get to Kansas City.

The complete historical recap of the Strang Line posted by Westwood, along with a map of the old line through Johnson County can be found here.