Chicago & North Western Railway

Chicago & North Western Railway

by Tom Murray
     
 

By the time it was merged into the Union Pacific in 1995, the Chicago & North Western was one of the nations oldest surviving railroads, a testament to the Midwestern stoicism with which it had gone about its business since 1859. This illustrated history chronicles how C&NW emerged from a collection of regional carriers to become a strategic link between eastern

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By the time it was merged into the Union Pacific in 1995, the Chicago & North Western was one of the nations oldest surviving railroads, a testament to the Midwestern stoicism with which it had gone about its business since 1859. This illustrated history chronicles how C&NW emerged from a collection of regional carriers to become a strategic link between eastern railroads and the West.

Author Tom Murray traces the railroads expansion as it extended secondary lines throughout the Midwest. He also explores C&NWs joint ownership of UP passenger trains and describes how the railroad answered challenges from regional rivals with the "400" series of passenger trains. As fascinating as the story are the hundreds of accompanying illustrations—historical photographs, archival images, route maps, and period print ads.

The result is an entertaining and informative history of an iconic Midwestern railroad—a narrative that spans the decades from the 1850s to the 1990s and takes in steam and diesel motive power, freight and passenger operations, and all the key characters, events, and deals that figured in the Chicago & North Westerns rise and eventual demise.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760325469
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
06/15/2008
Series:
MBI Railroad Color History Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Murray has worked in the rail industry since 1970. Following graduation from New York University, he held positions with the Boston & Maine, Soo Line, CSX, and Southern Pacific. The publisher of Rail Stock Watch, Murray is also a columnist for Trains magazine and the author of five previous MBI Railroad Color Histories: Canadian National Railway, The Milwaukee Road, Canadian Pacific Railway, Illinois Central Railroad, and Southern Railway. He lives in Santa Maria, California.

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