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Chicago Madison & Northern, ex-CNW RSD-5 1689 commuter loco with steam generator in the short hood, at the Central Wisconsin engine house west of Waukesha, WI in July 1982 by Marty Bernard
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ex-Milwaukee Road caboose A Roger Puta Photograph

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CNW Executive Special eastbound at the west switch of Spring Garden, CA in August 1986 – A 3 Photo Runby by Marty Bernard
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A Roger Puta Photograph

Milwaukee Road Electric Engine Graveyard, Tacoma Tideflats, Winter 1969.

Before it ultimately abandoned the line (later the tracks were torn up and the road bed is the hiking-bicycling trail paralleling I-90), the Milwaukee Road changed from electric to diesel engines to cross the Cascades. These electric engines were abandoned, awaiting break-up for scrap, in the Railroad’s Tacoma yards. 

Apologize for the quality of the photo, a scan captured from a badly faded non-Kodachrome original.

Milwaukee Road Station, Tacoma, 1968.

I am not sure if this was taken before or after the railroad discontinued its Hiawatha passenger service from Chicago. As well documented elsewhere, the extension of the railroad to Puget Sound was a financial disaster leading to first the abandonment of transcontinental passenger service, various rounds of bankruptcy, then abandonment of the line in the west and finally to the dissolution of the railroad as its remaining bits were sold to other railroad companies.

One positive result was the Iron Horse trail across Washington State, the old railroad line torn up and the roadbed converted to a hiking, biking, and horseback trail.

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Milwaukee Road #261 on Wisconsin River at Wis Dells, WI June 2004 by Keith Schmidt

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The Omaha Road (part three)

Concluding my small study of the Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Omaha Railway, here are four more images taken along the main route between the Twin Cities and Sioux City, Iowa.

By late afternoon of my first day shooting I passed through Sheldon, Iowa. I’d taken some images in this small town back in July of 1977—just under forty years ago. It was not difficult to find the location of my vintage shot (of an eastbound Milwaukee Road train, seen above) due to the brick station building still existing and in very good shape—again this one having been re-purposed at some point. The train is crossing over the Omaha at this point.

The third image was taken of the line just south of Sheldon. The final image, looking southwest as the sun set, is a location between Hospers and Alton, Iowa. Four images by Richard Koenig; one from 1977 and three recent shots take on December 20th 2016.

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Caption: “Milwaukee Road E7 19B at Union Station in Chicago, Illinois on February 27, 1966, photos by Chuck Zeiler. … It is seen here in charge of the daily un-named Train #23, departing Chicago at 3:20PM CST, arriving in Milwaukee at 4:45PM, making only one stop enroute at Glenview. This view also shows the preliminary demolition of the concourse of Union Station to make room for glass and steel office buildings on the air rights over the tracks. The first step was to remove the north side train sheds over the Milwaukee Road tracks, the only tenant on the north side of Union Station. This exposed waiting Milwaukee Road trains to both the elements and daylight for the first time since the station was completed in 1925.”

Six class Otto Kuhler-styled F7 hudsons numbered 100-105 were delivered to the Milwaukee Road in 1938. The original A’s and older consists were released for service on other sections. The F7s were assigned routes between Chicago and Minneapolis. They were scheduled to cover a portion of this route at 81 mph – the world’s fastest regularly scheduled steam-powered train. They often exceeded 100 mph on this route.