Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive
Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive
Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive
Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive
Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive
Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive

Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive

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Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive
 
Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway 1880-1940 Photo Archive
Soft Cover
126 pages
Copyright 1997
CONTENTS
Photo The Enginehouse and Woodburning Engines of the West Wisconsin Railway Co
INTRODUCTION
The Shakopee
No 219
Engines #8 & #9
West Wisconsin #21
Engine #18
Loco #12
St Pauls Union Depot soon after it opened in 1880
Train led by Loco #13
Group of hunters posed with their kill with No 55
One of the Omahas first baggage cars, circa 1881
Engine #229
Omaha pay car
The first cars of an Omaha-bound special train of 24 Lumber-Line cars
Engine #116
Engine #86
Elmore Station
The Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway General Office Building in 1883
Engine #23
Engine & Caboose in train service at Montrose, South Dakota
Ashland, Wisconsin facility in July 1886
Engine #247
Engine #154
Engine #156
Locomotive #57
Locomotive #171
Engine #249
Engine #184
A way-freight at Rice Lake , Wisconsin, circa 1890
Engine #214
Engine #36
Accident between two CStPM&O trains near Tramway, Wisconsin in 1891
No 174
Floral Arrangement at funeral of Omaha engineer
Engine #214
Special flour train departing Pillsbury Mills
No 265
Engine #7
Route map of 1895
Luverne, Minnesota depot circa 1895
Engine #158
Engine #257
Train #18 led by locomotive #100
Incredible aftermath of a rear end collision
No 255
An Omaha sleeping car
No 283
An Omaha day Parlor car
No 209
The Circa 1900
A bridge crew at work on Bridge 78
Fairly typical small town depot
The Minneapolis Paint Shop crew in 1900
Car #97 circa 1900
Photo decking of logs
No 85
No 186
Work train operating a rail unloader on loan from the C&NW 1901
Extra gang at Cumberland Wisconsin 1901
Engine #255
No 330
Chandler Gravel Pit loading crew and Engine #221
No 371
Chandler Pit 1903 Engine #287
No 374
Locomotive #136
No 375
Group of Union delegates from Spooner in front of the engine of a special train
St Paul tank Shop employees 1904
Snow crew paused in Windom, Minnesota
Flooding Ponca, Nebraska circa 1905
Duluth city ticket office 1905
A 1905 Day-tripper on the Chippewa Bridge at Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Construction work on the Sioux City Shops 1905
No 216
The Emerson, Nebraska station, circa 1905
No 370
Engine #266
The Altoona, Wisconsin Roundhouse crew in 1907
XO a saddleback tank engine converted in 1907 from former Engine #152
Bridge work at and unidentified location
Locomotive #176
Engine #371
The second #36
No 112
No 230
No 388
Minneapolis city ticket office in 1912
No 235
Jordan Spreader at work on the line in 1912
No 244
No 110
No 506
No 395
No 185
Crew taking out the old line bridge at Black River Falls, Wisconsin 1914
No 404
No 363
The Hudson Wisconsin Hand Car shop
No 512
No 407
Omaha employees posed with the mock armoured tank
The Wheel Shop
Locomotive #426
No 437
No 439
No 602
No 602
St Paul Machine Shop Crew 1930
Specials loaded for a trip west
Aboard a specially equipped car a switchman undergoes a physical from the Omahas physician 1934
A rail renewal gang at work on an unidentified stretch of the Omaha, July 1936
Members of the rail removal gang operate a spike puller
No 413
Diesel Power comes to the Omaha No 90
INTRODUCTION
The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company, hereinafter referred to as the "Omaha Co." or the "Omaha," was incorporated in May 1880. It was created by the consolidation of the Chicago, St. Paul and Minneapolis Railway Company (successor in interest to the West Wisconsin Railway Company) and the North Wisconsin Railway Company. Subsequently, in 1881, the company completed the purchase of the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad Company, thus forming the foundation upon which the Omaha was built. Over a long period of years, the Omaha Co. evolved through a series of constructions, consolidations, and mergers and purchases of various railroads under some 40 or more corporate names.
The Omaha Co. was itself the subject of purchase at a very early point in its history. In November 1882, the majority of its capital stock was purchased by the Chicago and North Western Railway Company (C&NW). Ironically, the Omaha came into existence only because the Chicago and North Western had earlier declined to purchase the West Wisconsin Railway. In 1875, the West Wisconsin came under the control of Henry H. Porter, who was also a director of the C&NW. Porter later wrote that he had believed ownership of the West Wisconsin "would be greatly to the advantage of the Chicago and North Western Railway." Consequently, immediately after Porter and two Partners purchased the railroad, they tendered it to the C&NW. However, Porter's fellow C&NW directors saw no advantage to his offer and declined it.

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