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Chicago Great Western Railway locomotives

By | December 22, 2021

The Chicago Great Western is Classic Trains' Railroad of the Month for December 2021

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Red and black diesel locomotives parked on curve
Profile of steam locomotive in front of factory

Lima built 15 2-10-4s for Chicago Great Western under Order No. 1121 in 1930. The locomotives had 63-inch drivers and 29x32 cylinders. Their 12-wheel trucks could carry 14,000 gallons of water and 25 tons of coal. Classic Trains collection

Profile of steam locomotive in front of factory
Streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train
 
Streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train
Motorcar with baggage car and coach on multi-track main line
 
Motorcar with baggage car and coach on multi-track main line
Diesel locomotives in a yard with snow
 
Diesel locomotives in a yard with snow
Brawny diesel locomotive with end stripes
 
Brawny diesel locomotive with end stripes
Steam locomotive coupled to passenger train
 
Steam locomotive coupled to passenger train
Steam locomotive stands on transfer table between buildings
 
Steam locomotive stands on transfer table between buildings
Red and black diesel locomotives parked on curve
 
Red and black diesel locomotives parked on curve
Red and black diesel locomotive with caboose and train under bridge
 
Red and black diesel locomotive with caboose and train under bridge
Three red diesels lead freight train
 
Three red diesels lead freight train

All through December, Classic Trains editors are celebrating the Midwest’s Chicago Great Western Railway. Please enjoy this photo gallery of CGW freight trains selected from the image archives of Kalmbach Media’s David P. Morgan Library.

The CGW was considered one of the Granger railroads of the Midwest linking Chicago, St. Paul, and Kansas City. It also served as one of the Union Pacific’s connections east of Council Bluffs, Iowa. As one would expect, its steam locomotives varied from lowly switchers and branchline power to high-stepping 2-10-4s on mainline freights. In the diesel era, the road embraced the unit reduction mantra put forth by EMD, first powering long freights with six F units, then four GP30s, and finally three SD40s.

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