Chicago & North Western Railway

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Voyageur Press, Jun 15, 2008 - Transportation - 160 pages
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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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User Review  - Katherine - Goodreads

Wonderfully illustrated with photos, maps, and brochures, but the text is kind of dry and quotes a little too much from other histories of the C&NW. I also wish it had a bit more about passenger trains (the famous 400 series streamliners). Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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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