Classic Trains editors are celebrating the history, heritage, and style of the Chicago Great Western Railway all through December 2021. Please enjoy this photo gallery selected from the archives of Kalmbach Media’s David P. Morgan Library.
The Chicago Great Western was an agriculturally oriented Granger road linking Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Paul. Those cities, plus many smaller ones on its network, gave it a diverse traffic base that also included food and industrial products. The railroad was a pioneer in trailer-on-flatcar operation, paving the way for the modern container trains that dominate the industry today.
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