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Chicago Great Western Railway freight trains

By | December 17, 2021

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Red diesel locomotives lead freight train on straight track
Streamlined diesel locomotives lead freight train on high steel bridge
 
Streamlined diesel locomotives lead freight train on high steel bridge
Streamlined diesel locomotives lead freight train in cut
 
Streamlined diesel locomotives lead freight train in cut
Five men stand in front of steam locomotive while freight passes on adjacent track
 
Five men stand in front of steam locomotive while freight passes on adjacent track
Smoking steam locomotive leads freight train
 
Smoking steam locomotive leads freight train
Smoking steam locomotive leads freight train
 
Smoking steam locomotive leads freight train
Smoking steam locomotive leads freight train under bridge
 
Smoking steam locomotive leads freight train under bridge
Man stands in street after short train passes
 
Man stands in street after short train passes
Red diesel locomotives lead freight train on straight track
 
Red diesel locomotives lead freight train on straight track

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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