Passenger Trains between Minneapolis and Chicago.

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Passenger Trains between Minneapolis and Chicago.

  • Well--I thought i would add a post about the possibilities of a train traveler  between Minneapolis and Chicago.

    At one time there were seven  passenger train routes that I could choose from. Most ended by the late 1950's or early 1960's.

    I would like to hear from fellow passenger train fans what route(s) I should choose.

    Ed Burns

    Happily retired from the NP-BN-BNSF at Northtown (Minneapolis).  Just think-I got paid to watch passenger and freight trains! 

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  • I can think of 6 routes: SOO, C&NW, MILW, CB&Q, C&GW, and CRI&P.  What was the 7th route?

  • Midland Mike:

    Close--put on your thinking cap and refer to an old "Official Guide".

     

    ejb

  • Wouldn't it be the GN?

    Rich

  • MidlandMike

    I can think of 6 routes: SOO, C&NW, MILW, CB&Q, C&GW, and CRI&P.  What was the 7th route?

    That would be the IC/M&StL.

  • I never had an occasion to make the trip but my choice would have been one of the Burlington Zephyrs. From what I understand it was the most scenic route and I'd have been able to ride it in a dome.

    Mark

  • richhotrain

    Wouldn't it be the GN?

    Rich

    GN went West out of the Twin Cities - CB&Q handled GN trains from the Twin Cities to Chicago, as well as NP trains - in slack traffic times the Empire Builder and North Coast Limited were consolidated into a single train from the Twin Cities to Chicago.

    Never too old to have a happy childhood!

  • BaltACD

    richhotrain

    Wouldn't it be the GN?

    Rich

    GN went West out of the Twin Cities - CB&Q handled GN trains from the Twin Cities to Chicago, as well as NP trains - in slack traffic times the Empire Builder and North Coast Limited were consolidated into a single train from the Twin Cities to Chicago.

    ahh, OK, thanks for that clarification.  I wasn't sure about that.

    Rich

  • Zephyr Overland:

    Old man Burns has a trick(s) up his sleeve.

    MSTL/IC would be one way. In looking at a 1936 Official Guide I found one or two other routings, assuming you wanted a variety of passenger trains. .

    Ed Burns

  • So, the seven routes are SOO, C&NW, MILW, CB&Q, C&GW, CRI&P, and IC/M&StL ?

    Rich

  • The CB&Q where nature smiles for 300 miles.  2nd choice would be the Milwaukee with the C&NW 3rd.

  • All:

    This was fun!!  In looking at a 1936 Official Guide, I found a number of options on the MSTL part of the trip. one was MSTL to Albert Lea, IC to Waterloo, and IC to Chicago.

    Others included the MSTL to Marshalltown and CNW beyond. MSTL to Oskaloosa and CNW beyond, MSTL to Des Moines and RI beyond, and MSTL to Peoria and RI beyond.

    It all depended on how much rare mileage and routing you wanted.

    The easy way was to take the CBQ or MILW to Chicago.

    Thanks for all the fun.

    Ed Burns of Anoka, MN

    Retired NP-BN-BNSF Clerk from Minneapolis.

  • Rich...that would be CGW.    No "&" sign in Chicago Great Western.    

    AB Dean Jacksonville,FL
  • FlyingCrow

    Rich...that would be CGW.    No "&" sign in Chicago Great Western.    

    LOL

    My bad, but the real culprit is Midland Mike, I just copied and pasted.   Wink

    Rich

  • Keep in mind each of these routes would probably have several different trains running. In the thirties there probably were 30-40 different passenger trains you could take between the Twin Cities and Chicago. Even in the sixties there would be quite a few, some daytime trains and some overnight.

    I've ridden both the old Burlington and Milwaukee mainlines along opposite banks of the Mississippi on Friends of 261 excursions and it would hard to pick which one was most scenic, they're both great.

    Stix