Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Size: 8vo - over 7 3/4" - 9 3/4" tall
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Publish Place: Chicago, IL
Publish Date: 2006
The Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW) was a Midwestern line that operated in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas and Nebraska. Although this territory was served by much larger systems, the CGW was able to retain its share of passengers and freight business for 83 years through aggressive management, dedicated employees, innovations, and efficient operations. By the early 1960s, however, the growth of the trucking industry and airlines had taken away a substantial amount of business previously handled by the railroads. The CGW would not survive as operating costs increased while revenues declined. The only solution was to consolidate with another railroad, and a favorable agreement was reached with the Chicago and Northwestern Railway (C&NW). At 12:01 a.m. Monday July 1, 1968, the CGW ceased to exist, as it became part of the C&NW. Since that time, much of the system has been abandoned, and today only a few segments of former CGW trackage remain is service. This book provides nostalgic images and photographs of the operations, employees, locomotives, and stations of a little railway that is now only a memory.