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Posted by ac4400fan on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:52 AM
Now thats another great shot paugust ,,heres one that i can remember seeing not long ago but it was with union units also


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Posted by jaretos on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:09 AM
i live less than one mile from CNW (now UP) line in palatine, IL. I make a drive into Chicago three times a week down the Kennedy Expressway and can see to my knowledge one siding for Lee Lumber and then a small yard Opposite the North Ave exit which is switched by two UP Geeps and a CP . I am still trying to figure why a CP engine would switch this yard. Anyway, just wanted to give you mt 2 cents worth.

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Posted by ac4400fan on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:08 AM
Hi John,I know that area very well ,I grew up in Hoffman estates,, Maybe it was bought used,or being leased,good question thow Hmmm

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 30, 2005 12:23 PM
Hi John,

Are you familiar with the Palatine, Lake Zurich & Wauconda? The PLZ&W met the C&NW at the Palatine Depot, and headed out thru Lake Zurich and ended at Wauconda. Died off in the Depression, but there is still a ROW in certain places.

Paul August

QUOTE: Originally posted by jaretos

i live less than one mile from CNW (now UP) line in palatine, IL. I make a drive into Chicago three times a week down the Kennedy Expressway and can see to my knowledge one siding for Lee Lumber and then a small yard Opposite the North Ave exit which is switched by two UP Geeps and a CP . I am still trying to figure why a CP engine would switch this yard. Anyway, just wanted to give you mt 2 cents worth.

John

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 30, 2005 1:32 PM
u got one here. my layout is based on CNW somewhere in Wisconsin. even though i live in michigan. I'm a member of CNW Historical Society. I hope to be going to the meet in Rochelle next year. i hope to see some of you. BTW does anyone have any pictures of the Kate Shelley Bridge? I know its not in wisconsin but its my layout[:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 30, 2005 2:44 PM
just kickin the topic. I saw a CNW engine on the 13th of May
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Posted by wjstix on Thursday, June 30, 2005 2:55 PM
I always liked the CNW. Growing up in Richfield MN in the 60's one of our neighbors worked for the Northwestern (though he'd probably still be saying he worked for 'the Omaha'). At Halloween I usually dressed as an engineer (of course) and he'd give me a big handful of official RR pencils that I would use the rest of the year at school. Kinda wished I had saved a few now. In fact all contact I've had with CNW employees while railfanning etc. were good.

I was lucky and managed to get up to the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and photograph the C-628's in ore service, have a couple of them on my layout now.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 30, 2005 6:33 PM
Here's a pic from our website:



More here: http://www.cnwhs.org/memberphotos/thumbnails.php?album=search&type=full&search=kate+shelly

Check out the photo section, great pics and more being added all the time. Any one can submit pics and it's becoming a great source for modelling.

Paul August

QUOTE: Originally posted by CNW Jay

u got one here. my layout is based on CNW somewhere in Wisconsin. even though i live in michigan. I'm a member of CNW Historical Society. I hope to be going to the meet in Rochelle next year. i hope to see some of you. BTW does anyone have any pictures of the Kate Shelley Bridge? I know its not in wisconsin but its my layout[:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 30, 2005 9:25 PM
I looked at those paugust. I need to see if its Double track. and i need a good picture of the whole bridge.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 30, 2005 10:35 PM
May I suggest posting your question on the CNW Yahoo group?

I think it was double tracked, but I think they stopped running two trains at once over it after a while, if memory serves.

Paul

QUOTE: Originally posted by CNW Jay

I looked at those paugust. I need to see if its Double track. and i need a good picture of the whole bridge.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 30, 2005 10:50 PM
Okay, here is a scan of the April 1981 cover of North Western Lines, which has been long out of print. It shows it as double tracked.

I didn't scan too well, but I can send you Xerox copies of the article, chock full of pictures, measurements, scale drawings, etc. email me your adress and I'll get them out to you next week some time.



Paul August

QUOTE: Originally posted by CNW Jay

I looked at those paugust. I need to see if its Double track. and i need a good picture of the whole bridge.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 01, 2005 3:37 AM
Regarding the Kate Shelly High Bridge at Boone: Paugust said, "I think it was double tracked, but I think they stopped running two trains at once over it after a while, if memory serves."

Yes and no... it is double-tracked, it DID have a "one train at a time" restriction...but the UP spent a bunch of bucks to reinforce key parts of it a few years ago, and it's back to "normal" traffic.

Hope this helps, stay safe...

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 01, 2005 9:01 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by paugust

Okay, here is a scan of the April 1981 cover of North Western Lines, which has been long out of print. It shows it as double tracked.

I didn't scan too well, but I can send you Xerox copies of the article, chock full of pictures, measurements, scale drawings, etc. email me your adress and I'll get them out to you next week some time.



Paul August

QUOTE: Originally posted by CNW Jay

I looked at those paugust. I need to see if its Double track. and i need a good picture of the whole bridge.


Thanks alot paul. i emailed you my address. those Pictures and drawings and stuff will really come in handy.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 02, 2005 9:15 PM
ANy more CNW fans out there? anyone with any questions about CNW?
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Posted by AltonFan on Saturday, July 02, 2005 9:29 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by paugust
Are you familiar with the Palatine, Lake Zurich & Wauconda? The PLZ&W met the C&NW at the Palatine Depot, and headed out thru Lake Zurich and ended at Wauconda. Died off in the Depression, but there is still a ROW in certain places.


There is a narrow street that starts at Miller Road in Lake Zurich, that ends at a Forest Preserve driveway. This road was part of the PLZ&W right of way.

I haven't been to Lake Zurich in about fifteen years, so I'm not sure how it is today. (There was a lot of construction out there in the mid-1980s, and it hasn't stopped.)

Actually, I don't think the PLZ&W made it to the depression...

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Posted by ac4400fan on Sunday, July 03, 2005 2:33 AM
As in downtown Elgin there is a couple od abandon lines ,no tracks but was C&NW,,Love To get some pics of those old spots

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Posted by WEUSANDCORR on Monday, July 04, 2005 11:12 AM
G'day all looking for any info or pics about Union on Rockford line. Regards Les
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 2:20 PM
I just got my new issue of NorthWestern Lines. Great pix lots of info. but the Riders Hobby shop in Lansing has closed[:(]
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Posted by jaretos on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 4:00 PM
Paul:

sorry i was out the last few days, but I was unaware of the line you were talking about. I am 37 yrs old, so that was before my time. I used to take the old CNW into Chicago with my mother for lunch, etc when i was a child. I still occasionally use metra to get into the city, but my business forces me to be in my car more than i would like. i would be inteested to know more about the PLZ&W. thanks for the info!

john


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Posted by ac4400fan on Thursday, July 07, 2005 1:46 PM
I hope everyone had a great holiday!!!!

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 07, 2005 8:24 PM
i had a great Holiday. i got 25 bucks out of it! money for my CNW bi-level cab car.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 07, 2005 9:48 PM
You are correct. I looked up in my PLZ&W book (Old Maud) and see that it was dismantled in 1929.

Paul

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Actually, I don't think the PLZ&W made it to the depression...
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 07, 2005 9:51 PM
John,

You can find out some information about it by Googling PLZ&W. Here is a little:

http://www.eapl.org/localhistory/burgess/railroad.asp

The Lure of the Railroad

When Henry David Thoreau spoke of the railroad in 1854 he said, "We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us." Never were these words more true than in the creation of the Palatine, Lake Zurich and Wauconda railroad (PLZ&W).

The PLZ&W officially rode into Lake Zurich on August 25, 1912, the result of a dream of Robert D. Wynn, and Justin K. Orvis. The original plan was for an electric rail line spanning 75 miles of Lake and McHenry counties and connecting other commuter lines. The result was an 11 mile stretch of steam-run railroad from Palatine at the Chicago Northwestern station to the resorts in Lake Zurich and Bangs Lake in Wauconda. The Lake Zurich connection would help deliver mail between the communities and transfer freight to the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (EJ&E) freight line.

Railroads were important in the area because the countryside was dotted with newly forming communities with little connection to each other. Railroads provided access to the rest of the civilized world, and brought the rest of the world to the small community. The automobile was still a novelty during the early l900s, and railroads added a prestigious reputation to communities along the line.

Unfortunately, the PLZ&W, sometimes referred to as Old Maud after its most famous engine, suffered many setbacks from its conception. The initial problems of raising funds to operate continued to plague the line, and it passed in and out of receivership several times during its troubled existence, in part due to the lower economics of the communities it served.

Establishing the rail lines through the countryside was also a great challenge. Rights-of-way often required bargaining with landowners, and even organizations like the Lake Zurich Golf Course who established a graveyard on their property to "foil the vile machinations of a huge and heartless railroad corporation who, through the iniquitous law of the right of eminent domain had thought to seize this beautiful spot for its own fell purposes."

Other problems occurred due to the use of second-hand equipment. The PLZ&W was dubbed the Palatine, Lake Zurich and Walk railroad at one point, because the engines had trouble pulling the load if there were too many passengers while on a steep grade. The trestle in Lake Zurich built to cross the EJ&E tracks was one such spot. The riders would sometimes be forced to exit the train, walk across the trestle and then meet the train on the other side.

Mother Nature was also an important factor in the ultimate demise of the PLZ&W. Before the tracks were laid in Lake Zurich they had to be built around a stubborn sink hole. The Great Blizzard of 1918 left the 42" of snowfall in 10-20 foot drifts which halted the train's progress, literally. Local volunteer crews of 75- 1 00 men hand shoveled the snow to clear the tracks while local women provided hot coffee and chocolate for the tired workers.

In 1920, there was a tornado that swept through Lake County touching down in Wauconda and destroying the engine house. Known hereafter as the Palm Sunday tornado, its effects were crippling to the little railroad.

1924 saw the final run of the PLZ&W shortly after a cold spring and unsuccessful July 4th holiday turnout. The legacy left behind was the purchase of some of the land by the Lake Zurich Lions Club, who built Lions Park and Lions Drive along the railroad's right-of-way.

Richard Whitney, a Wauconda resident, researched the railroad for 30 years and wrote the book Old Maud, available through the Ela Historical Society. He passed on in 1994, shortly after completing his life's work.

(This is a must-have book - Paul)

The future may see the return of the passenger train to Lake Zurich along the EJ&E lines which form a large loop around the Chicago suburbs from Waukegan down to Gary, Indiana. This line formed in the late 1800s has been primarily used as a freight line, but connects to every major passenger line in the greater Chicago area. It's future as a commuter line, however, will depend on the support of the residents of Lake County, and their willingness to forgo the automobile.

Paul August

QUOTE: Originally posted by jaretos
... i would be inteested to know more about the PLZ&W. thanks for the info!

john
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Posted by daschilling on Thursday, July 07, 2005 10:17 PM
Hey, this is great! I just stumbled on this thread, and love it! I grew up in Chicago, and when I was in grade school, I was a crossing guard at the Gladstone Park station on the Northwest line. I'm modeling CNW in S gauge, and have a 12' x 22' layout in progress. (It was highlighted in the Nov/Dec 2004 S Gaugian magazine.) I mainly have 1st generation diesels, and rolling stock of 60's era & earlier.

I now live in the heart of the "evil empire," Omaha, NE, (UP's home.) It does have the advantage of lots of friends who work for UP.

Love CNW & S gauge.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 08, 2005 12:27 PM
Hello fellow CNW fan and welcome!

Paul

QUOTE: Originally posted by daschilling

Hey, this is great! I just stumbled on this thread, and love it! I grew up in Chicago, and when I was in grade school, I was a crossing guard at the Gladstone Park station on the Northwest line. I'm modeling CNW in S gauge, and have a 12' x 22' layout in progress. (It was highlighted in the Nov/Dec 2004 S Gaugian magazine.) I mainly have 1st generation diesels, and rolling stock of 60's era & earlier.

I now live in the heart of the "evil empire," Omaha, NE, (UP's home.) It does have the advantage of lots of friends who work for UP.

Love CNW & S gauge.
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Posted by ac4400fan on Friday, July 08, 2005 1:26 PM
I Just stumbled on to something,I herd long ago that the C&NW was started by europeians,,And thats y The trains ran on the opposite sides of the tracks

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 08, 2005 2:51 PM
Since all my Locos have controll stands on the right i'm gonna run mine right handed. its to much work to change the postion of the controll stands. I'm not that expericed with detailing. I am starting a small N scale laoyut that is a freelance CNW line in Michigans Upper Penn. got my first ore car today.
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Posted by daschilling on Friday, July 08, 2005 8:26 PM
I've been a member of the CNWHS for almost 15 years, and no one has ever come accross any official reason why CNW was left handed. The european influence has been mentioned, as well as the side of the track for "in-bound" commuters.

Running left hand allows the stations to be on the north side of the tracks to provide protection from winter weather for commuters wating to catch in-bound trains. Out bound passengers could de-train and immediately go to their cars. The fact is that nobody knows "the" real reason, and all quesses are equally right.

It is just another reason to enjoy CNWRR.


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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 08, 2005 9:53 PM
I'm going to stop this before it starts all over again. We had this discussion for 2 weeks over on trains magazine forum a couple of months ago. Left hand running does not come from European investors. Heres the link, look in the second paragraph.

http://www.cnwhs.org/ch_cnw.htm

Long live C&NW
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 08, 2005 10:03 PM
Here's a pic I took of a fairly unblemished Hopper I caught up in Chetek, WI on the Wisconsin Northern RR this past week. With the exception of the emblem being painted over, it looks to be in good shape 25 years after it's build date...



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