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Calling All Chicago And NorthWestern Fans!
Posted by ac4400fan on Thursday, June 02, 2005 7:41 PM
I Was wondering if theres alot of us out there ,or,far and between,if so we can make this our C&NW Spot...........

CarlSmile [:)]
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Posted by ac4400fan on Thursday, June 02, 2005 7:43 PM
Any pics or news on the lost line ?????
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Posted by ARTHILL on Thursday, June 02, 2005 7:53 PM
When I grew up in Winona that was the line though town, but was never as popular as the CB&Q or the Milwaukee. I visited the yards in the 70's and very little was left, but the swinging bridge was still there. Now it is only a memory I wish I could recall more vividly. I have no pictures but would like to see some.
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Posted by dinwitty on Thursday, June 02, 2005 8:03 PM
I will be having some C&NW on my layout paralleling the North Shore, running pushPull passengers and a little 4-6-0 running freight. I got the 4-6-0 and runs great (Bachmann)
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Posted by ac4400fan on Thursday, June 02, 2005 8:05 PM
arthill try this site http://www.mtco.com/~epa2154/cnwimage.htm
its a good start my friend
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Posted by simon1966 on Thursday, June 02, 2005 8:15 PM
I would not call myself a fan, per se, but I am modeling the mine in White City Illinois in the late 50's, not long before its closure.

This is all that is left



The mine head has long since gone, as well as the large smokestack. This brick structure was the powerplant for the mine. The mine was a subsiduary of the CNW.

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Posted by ac4400fan on Thursday, June 02, 2005 8:19 PM
What a shame simon, but atleast we have the pictures to remember by
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Posted by ARTHILL on Thursday, June 02, 2005 8:19 PM
thankyou ac4400fan. All I remember is steam. There were some parts laying around and the roundhouse was still there when I last visited. Don't get back to Winona any more but I assume it is all gone and a housing unit sits in its place.
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Posted by ac4400fan on Thursday, June 02, 2005 8:24 PM
Yea theres alot of sites out there arthill,,please call me carl ;) we all can have this our chat forem ,for all to see and enjoy ,all of chicago and northwestern ..carl
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Posted by WEUSANDCORR on Friday, June 03, 2005 4:47 AM
G'day all from Australia,I've become a big CNW fan in the last year or so.I have my own Line the WEUSANDCORR[ 30yrs in 2006 gad that long!] where I bought C&NW loco's and redecaled them to my line,but I became more quizative about the prototype to the point that I built an interchange to run C&NW and now i am in a major rebuild in a 10 x 8 room trying to model line from Chicago to Galena and Rockford . I used as a basis the layout in 48 track plans from MR. The C&NW still lives here and SD70macs are being rostered with same paint scheme as ac4400's and an Athearn Genesis in red and silver colours is being tested as I print.This loco was procured from a US navyman at the horth Pole through Ebay. Regards Les
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Posted by orsonroy on Friday, June 03, 2005 7:20 AM
I'm a NorthWestern fan too, mostly due to all the exposure I had to the road in my childhood, growing up on the north side of Chicago. As a teen, my dad and I chased the executive F's all over Cheeseland, as well as 1385, which is one of my all-time favorite steamers.

I'd REALLY like it if someone would come out with a model of 1385 in HO plastic. Since North Freedom can't seem to get off their thumbs and actually get her back up and running (but they have the money to restore everything else in their collection?) I could at least see her running on my layout!

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Posted by dknelson on Friday, June 03, 2005 8:22 AM
C&NW fan here - grew up on the "old line" between Chicago and Milwaukee, where we saw passenger trains, some freight, and lots of local switching of the heavy industries in the southern suburbs of Milwaukee WI
There are many websites with CNW photos and info
if you go to the Chicago & North Western Historical Society website they have links to many (but not all) of them.
http://www.cnwhs.org/
And Don Ross's classic and glorious website has CNW in addition to just about every other railroad tht ever existed.
http://donross.railspot.com/

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Posted by cspmo on Friday, June 03, 2005 8:27 AM
I'm another C.N.W. fan
Here's the link to C.N.W. Historical Society. A great site for Northwestern fan.
http://www.cnwhs.org/
And here is a link to a CNW forum,but it isn't use much.
http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=CNW
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Posted by Todd McWilliam on Friday, June 03, 2005 8:30 AM
I model the CNW!!, I have GP40's and 38-2's. I model the mid 80's and am currently builing a replica layout of the Boone Iowa yard.
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Posted by Blind Bruce on Friday, June 03, 2005 9:05 AM
I grew p in Waukegan Il. and remember the yards and roundhouse there. I must have taken 200 rolls of pictures there when I was supposed to be in school. Unfortunately, they all disappeared when my mom cleaned up after I left home. (cry ). I now model the area very loosely). The historical society sent me blueprints of the yards circa 1921-29. Sure brings back memories.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 03, 2005 9:27 AM
Hey, one more CNW fan here... I spent (or mis-spent) a lot of time at Beverly Yard on the South edge of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; as well as at the ex-RI North Yard. I'm in the process of converting a bedroom into the future home of an HO layout very loosely based on Cedar Rapids operations in the 1988-1993 era. Living in Clarence, Iowa, I see/hear Uncle Pete's daily parade...but have to lament that it's all yellow and gray instead of yellow and green now!

Another great CNW weblink: www.cnw-rail.com
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Posted by cnw4001 on Friday, June 03, 2005 5:06 PM
Have a "400" complete with E's and a four car bi-level commuter set with an F pulling and pushing.
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Posted by lstella on Friday, June 03, 2005 5:26 PM
I too am a CNW fan that grew up on the west side of Chicago (Oak Park). During college I worked for CNW's engineer of buildings and commuted via the bi-levels to CNW's downtown offices over the Northwestern station.

During that time I also visited North Freedom, helped with the original restoration on weekends and have a great head-on picture of 1385 from that time.


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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 03, 2005 5:33 PM
CNW Fan here! Great Grandfather worked for them for 50 years, all steam era, and my great-uncle worked for them for 40+ years. I grew up in Chicago watching the scoots.

www.cnwhs.org is also the site I suggest. Check out the photo section on the web site. Great stuff going up there all the time.

Also, I suggest joining the CNWHS, as the North Western Lines magazine is an invaluable tool for modelling, or just for good reading. (Disclaimer: I write a small column every quarter for NWL).

Also, back issues are available on eBay, or at swaps.

The other cool thing about the CNWHS, is that's where I first learned much about their predecessors, the CGW and the M&StL. Fascinating roads themselves.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 03, 2005 9:58 PM
Happy to see other CNW fans out there getting together. Another site is www.drgw.net/cnw . It hasn't been updated for a while but it has plenty of information.
My passion for the North Western began when I was young living next door to a C&NW engineer who ran freights and scoots on the West Line out of Chicago. Thanks to the ride he gave me in the cab of an ex-RI GP7 over the old CGW Fox River bridge in St Charles, I was hooked for life.
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Posted by ac4400fan on Friday, June 03, 2005 11:01 PM
Yea theres alot of sites out there arthill,,please call me carl ;) we all can have this our chat forem ,for all to see and enjoy ,all of chicago and northwestern ..carl
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Posted by ac4400fan on Friday, June 03, 2005 11:09 PM
I lived in schamburg ill ,my parents when i was young used to take me to a pizza place on rt-12 in palitine ill, called charletts pizza ,and right behind it were 3 tracks and ,every20 mins there was a freight or passenger train of the great C&NW,,
my parents had to come and get me to eat pizza ,as i wasnt in there ,...what memories,,

carl..
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Posted by cnw4001 on Saturday, June 04, 2005 8:36 AM
I became a lifelong CNW fan after my first ever train ride was on the suburban service between Arlington Heights and Chicago. While visiting relatives in Arlington Heights I spent many hours up in the tower where the crossing gates were lowered by an operator at all the downtown crossings. Those were the days when liability and other issues were not in the front of everyone's mind and boys (or presumably girls and possibly adults) were welcomed into facilities to see how they worked.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 04, 2005 8:39 AM
Not much of a CNW fan, but I always liked those Crandell cab E8s.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 04, 2005 12:50 PM
Did anyone out here attend the CNWHS convention in Mason City Iowa?

It was a great time!

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Posted by cspmo on Saturday, June 04, 2005 3:08 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by 4884bigboy

Not much of a CNW fan, but I always liked those Crandell cab E8s.


And you think GP 30's are butt ugly?
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Posted by ac4400fan on Saturday, June 04, 2005 3:11 PM
I Remember This Park all to well,,in Elgin ILL ...


carl....
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Posted by ac4400fan on Sunday, June 05, 2005 6:12 PM
I found another site with some good pics for us
http://www.railroad-crossing.com/cnw/index.html

carl.....
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Posted by AltonFan on Sunday, June 05, 2005 6:15 PM
QUOTE: Calling All Chicago And NorthWestern Fans


I guess that means me, too.

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 05, 2005 6:33 PM
Beautiful picture from Elgin there Carl. Is that one of the weekend Belvidere trains using commuter F units?

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