History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg

History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg

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History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch The Northern Cross Route Quincy to Galesburg
 
A History of the CB&O Quincy Branch by RW Linroth
Hard Cover with dust jacket
454 pages
Copyright 2015
Table Of Contents
Prefaceii
Acknowledgementsiii
Glossary of Termsiv
Chapter OneThe Northern Cross Railroad1-16
Chapter TwoQuincy17-116
Chapter Three The Carthage Branch - Quincy to Burlington117-182
Chapter FourJoint CB&Q - Wabash Operations183-214
Chapter FiveCarthage Junction to Tennessee215-250
Chapter SixColchester251-264
Chapter Seven Macomb265-294
Chapter EightBushnell295-312
Chapter NinePrairie City to Waterman313-326
Chapter TenGalesburg Terminal327-374
Chapter Eleven Passenger Service375-414
Chapter Twelve Post BN Merger to Present415-430
Appendix and Bibliography431-454
This treatise on the Burlington Route's Quincy to Galesburg line calls up one word: Paradox. The CB&Q was a pioneering railroad. It was also very traditional. Into the 1950's daily visitors to Quincy included the Pioneer Zephyr and a demoted 4-4-2 steamer that ran up the east side of the Mississippi River to Burlington. Waycars on wooden trucks followed new EMD GP2O's across the prairies. The first runs of the new Kansas City Zephyr were greeted at West Quincy by an Ola 2-8-2. It should be noted that the steam locomotive a work a-day engine was clean and properly lettered and numbered in gold. This was expected on the "Q". There was nothing shabby about the equipment or the operation. The old and the new mixed quite well.
The line to Quincy included one of the earliest railroad routes in the state of Illinois. Once in Quincy there were half a dozen routes to take - two each north, south, and west. After serving for decades - through wars, de-pression, and boom times - half have vanished in a changing economy.
The Burlington Route challenged the Santa Fe for Chicago-Kansas City freight and passenger traffic in the early 1950's by heavily rebuilding the line from Quincy to Kansas City by way of Brookfield, Missouri. It is -- ironic now to see BNSF trains crossing the high bridge at Quincy. Traces of the old CB&Q are getting hard to find now. - Phillip A. Weibler 2015

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