Northern Illinois University Press

The North Western

A History of the Chicago & North Western Railway System

H. Roger Grant

Railroad History Book Award Winner, 1999

"Richly detailed.... The writing is lively and the illustrations thoughtfully chosen."Railroad History

"A lively commentary that should prove most fascinating.... A highly readable but serious history of the North Western."Chicago Tribune

"A comprehensive and well-written study."Trains

Leading railroad historian H. Roger Grant tells the story of the Chicago & North Western Railway from 1848, when the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad ran the first train west from Chicago, to the Union Pacific takeover in 1995. With a lively narrative and 173 illustrations, including historical photographs and maps, he reveals the inner workings of a railroad that once spanned nine states and has long intrigued enthusiasts.

(1996) 303 pp., 173 b/w illus., 8 1/4" x 10 3/4"
ISBN: 978-0-87580-214-5
cloth $55.00

Table of Contents

1. The Galena
2. The North Western Emerges
3. Years of Expansion, 1877-1892
4. The Omaha Road
5. The Hughitt Era
6. "The Best of Everything"
7. The Great War and the Roaring Twenties
8. The Great Depression and Bankruptcy
9. The Second World War and Postwar Railroading
10. The Heineman Era
11. Employee Ownership and After: The Provo and Wolfe Administrations
12. The Final Years
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ISBN: 978-0-87580-214-5
cloth $55.00