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 passenger 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 the business previously handled by railroads. As operating costs increased while revenues declined, the only means of survival for the CGW was to consolidate with another railroad. A favorable agreement was reached, and in July, 1968, the CGW ceased to exist as it became part of the Chicago and North Western Railway (C&NW). Since then, however, much of the system has been abandoned, and today only a few segments of former CGW trackage remain in service. This book provides nostalgic images and photographs of the operations, employees, locomotives, and stations of a little railroad that is now only a memory.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.