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Calling All Chicago And NorthWestern Fans!

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Posted by ac4400fan on Monday, June 06, 2005 2:43 AM
it sure is ..what a sight
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Posted by ac4400fan on Monday, June 06, 2005 2:50 AM
Bye the way post your .proto types and trackside photos of the ,not forgotten line my friends


Found this car in Phoinex AZ...



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Posted by cspmo on Monday, June 06, 2005 3:06 AM
I don't have a digital camera[V]
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Posted by ac4400fan on Thursday, June 09, 2005 2:05 AM
Havent herd from anyone in a while ,,how are you guys ,,layout progress ect ???

carl...
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Posted by cspmo on Thursday, June 09, 2005 4:26 AM
Still alive and kicking, My Kato C.N.W. commuter cars arrive today, they are awesome. Now they need to come out with F-7's in CNW, & METRA .
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Posted by JohnT14808 on Saturday, June 11, 2005 9:09 PM
I got my 4-6-4 Hudson in C&NW livery this past week from IHC!! It's beautiful!! I hope it runs half was well as it looks. The details are pretty good and the paint job is first rate!! There is even a small access in the front left corner of the tender for the DCC wiring (which will be added soon, I hope...) to pass out of the tender without having to drill a hole!! The handrails are unbelievable and the rivets....if I could read Braille, I think it would say...."Power me UP!!"

But that will have to wait until next Thursday.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 12, 2005 5:55 PM
I think there are a lot of CNW fans around considering the area covered by the railroad. I belive that when we think of railroads (real or model) We most likly think first of the one we are most familier with. That's true with me.

I lived in the third house from the CNW double track main about four or five miles north of the depot in Milwaukee. that was I think called the shore line. It ran north to Green bay.

When we heard a train comming us kids would run to a pedestrian overpass and relish in the bellowing smoke provided free of charge. This was especially true of the north bound trains. The firemen were shoveling coal for all they were worth getting the train up to speed.

I remember a train comming, one summer or early fall day, all the kids ran for the overpass. This one was diffrent. It made a diffrent sound then what we were used to and when it passed under the bridge the usual blast of coal smoke was absent. What a dissapointment. The only redeeming qaulity, as far as we were concered, was the rotating headlight.

Just for the fun of it: What year was it? This will be easy for the history buffs but lets give the average non historical person a shot first.[:)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, June 12, 2005 10:16 PM
Here's a few photos I took recently of CNW stuff:

Ex C&NW depot in Watertown, WI, now a florist


C&NW Coal Tower at Montfort Jct, WI. on the old Ridge Runner line.


A C&NW hopper bringing up the end of an Iowa Northern train just outside of Olewein, IA.


A C&NW Cement Hopper at Holcin Cement Co. in Mason City, IA


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Posted by ac4400fan on Monday, June 13, 2005 12:12 AM
Paul those are real nice photos,,lost but not forgotten,,all the pics we can post here ,of the line the better....

carl..
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 2:02 PM
I live on the C&NW Union Pacific line so im a huge fan
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 6:42 PM
Where at?

Paul August

QUOTE: Originally posted by THE_WEEZ

I live on the C&NW Union Pacific line so im a huge fan
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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, June 16, 2005 5:31 AM
I've got a little info on the Cowboy Line in Wyoming posted on my website. These links take you to most of it:

http://www.thecbandqinwyoming.com/Lander%20Branch.htm

Click on the Lander History button - that page has some pretty good info on the line to Lander, Wyoming.

This one provides a brief very brief)timeline of events on the C&NW in Wyoming:

http://www.thecbandqinwyoming.com/Timeline.htm

Paugust - great shot of the coaling tower! I'll certainly be able to use that - thanks for posting it!
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 16, 2005 1:42 PM
If you want a few from different angles, let me know and I can send you a few scans...

Paul August

QUOTE: Originally posted by Brunton
[Paugust - great shot of the coaling tower! I'll certainly be able to use that - thanks for posting it!
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Posted by Chris_S68 on Thursday, June 16, 2005 2:53 PM
Grew up in Elmhurst, IL just West of Proviso. While the CNW main was a bit across town, the former CGW was just a block away, and before it was completely torn up, it ended just this side of Salt Creek. We'd go to the end of the track and look for a headlight in the distance, if we saw it, we'd run as fast as we could so we could watch them switch out the Ovaltine plant that was across the creek in Villa Park. Talk about wishing I had taken pictures!
I went on to do a stint with them as a yardman at Proviso.
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Posted by dommegr on Friday, June 17, 2005 7:45 PM
Even though I moved away from Homewood and out of Illinois some 11 years ago, I still miss all the railroading going through that area. The Chicago area has some fantastic things to model. I've always wanted to do the Metra Electric line from University Park to Randolph Street and maybe the Rock Island route from Joliet, so I guess I sorta count in the C&NW thing.....
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Posted by EL PARRo on Friday, June 17, 2005 8:18 PM
I have a section just for the C&NW on my forums. Check my sig if you want to check it out.
huh?
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Posted by ac4400fan on Friday, June 17, 2005 11:17 PM
I hear ya dommegr ,,i want to do a metra run threw ,my city part ,,its just a little tougf finding the loco,,most likely will have to scatch build one...
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Posted by dommegr on Saturday, June 18, 2005 10:28 AM
I couldn't begin to imagine the scope and size of doing a dedicated layout to that or any of the Metra lines, even in N scale I'd probably need 500 feet of mainline. But *** would it be fun to build!

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Posted by dommegr on Saturday, June 18, 2005 10:39 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by ac4400fan

I hear ya dommegr ,,i want to do a metra run threw ,my city part ,,its just a little tougf finding the loco,,most likely will have to scatch build one...


Not sure what scale you do, but i did find this:

http://ihphobby.tripod.com/hopages/hohighlinerpage.html

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Posted by Gluefinger on Saturday, June 18, 2005 12:14 PM
Yessir, been a CNW fan since I was 3 years old- my baby-sitter at the time had a small branch line in her backyard.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 18, 2005 3:48 PM
Hi All:

As previously stated, I grew up with the Illinois Central North West division which ran thru Freeport Illinois. When I was very young under the age of 10 I use to watch all the steam freight engines and an ocassional passanger train hauling freight to and from Chicago and points south.
When we moved to Chicago, I became a great fan of the CNW. I use to get on my bike and ride to the CNW yards and to the repair shops at Chicago Avenue and Halsted street just west of the old Montgomery Wards warehouse. They use to service all the steam engines there which were used for the commuter lines. I too had a ton of photos of the repair yard but over the years they got tossed in the trash by my Mom when I moved out of the house. Boy I wish I would of kept those pictures.
I am glad that my son Carl has taken up the CNW in his train layout. It is a thrill to see the CNW reborn on his layout. What a shame that all the great local railroads have gone the way of the scrap yards. The Great northern, Illinois Central ,Milwaukee, the CNW, the Great Western and many more. Progress brings on change which is nothing we can stop I guess. Great railroads and great people that ran them are gone forever.
I am so glad that guys and gals like yourself are keeping the railroads alive with teriffic models.

love you all:
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Posted by DPD1 on Sunday, June 19, 2005 12:01 AM
Just checking in... I lived off the EJ&E South of West Chicago. I use to watch CNW in WC, Winfield and Wheaton. When I was a kid, we use to ride the CNW & BN into the city about 50/50. This was before Metra of course. I remember when the UP power started sneaking into the consists. I was sorry to see it go. I'm in CA now, and the Pacific Harbor Line has a chopped SD that is still in CNW colors. I have a shot here: http://eje.railfan.net/dpdp/photos_rrgallery/rr01.jpg

Dave
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Posted by ac4400fan on Sunday, June 19, 2005 10:57 AM
Happy Fathers Day Guys!!!! nice shot Dave..
Have A great Day Guys....

Carl..
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Posted by ac4400fan on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 8:21 PM
Hi Guys just checking in ,,whew its getting hot! ,so work on the C&NW BNSF is going to slow down a bit,,take care everyone ,,

carl..
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 9:38 PM
Found this pic while browsing other stuff. Still in original Paint.

"Pacific Harbor Line #43 sits in B Yard, Long Beach Harbor, CA 2/04"



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Posted by ac4400fan on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 11:28 PM
Paugest what a great shot!!! im so glad were out there looking for the C&NW ,What a shot,my friend

carl...[:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 23, 2005 9:16 AM
I was a HUGE CNW fan. That's until the UP took control.
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Posted by joseph2 on Thursday, June 23, 2005 11:26 AM
Although I live in Indiana I always liked the Cowboy Line-which ws supposed to have gone to the West Coast,the Escanaba branch with its FM power,and a Wisconsin branch which went thru Manitou state park.The old C&NW was an interesting railroad.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:04 PM
Yes, I like it also. I love seeing them in original paint. There are a few Geeps out there at Elevators still in the green and yellow.

I found this pic at this site (Unfortunately, I did not take it). http://eje.railfan.net

Paul August

QUOTE: Originally posted by ac4400fan

Paugest what a great shot!!! im so glad were out there looking for the C&NW ,What a shot,my friend

carl...[:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 9:04 PM
How about another picture to kick this thread? [:D]

"Only 4 months old, GP 7 1652 poses for official photos, September, 1953. Unit was delivered for Chicago suburban commuter service. Postcard published by Lyman E. Cox"



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