Chicago & North Western Railway (MBI Railroad Color History)

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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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By the time it merged into the Union Pacific in 1995, the unassuming yet iconic Chicago & North Western Railway was one of the nation’s oldest surviving railroads, a testament to the Midwestern stoicism with which it had gone about its business since the mid-nineteenth century.

In this illustrated history, author Tom Murray explains how C&NW emerged from a collection of regional granger roads, extended lines throughout the Midwest, and become a strategic link between eastern railroads and the Union Pacific in the West. With the help of a typically stellar collection of archival photographs, route maps, and period print ads, Murray offers an informative and compelling history that covers steam and diesel motive power, freight operations, passenger services—including the legendary “400” series trains—and the personalities and economic climates that informed the Chicago & North Western’s rise and eventual fall.

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Chartered in 1859, the Chicago & North Western Railway survived as an independent transportation icon until 1995, when it was merged into the behemoth Union Pacific. In this illustrated history, author Tom Murray expertly explains how C&NW grew out of a collection of granger roads to extend throughout the Midwest and become a strategic link between east and west. Murray also assembles a wonderful collection of archival photos, route maps, and period ads to illustrate an informative and compelling history that covers steam and diesel motive power, freight businesses, passenger services—including the legendary “400” series trains—and the personalities and economic climates that informed the railroads rise and fall.

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