Milwaukee Road In Its Hometown By Jim Scribbins In around the city of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Road In Its Hometown By Jim Scribbins In and around the city of Milwaukee. The Golden Years of Railroading.
Soft Cover 1998 128 Pages
Brief Milwaukee Road History5
The Chestnut Street Line57
The Chicago & Milwaukee Division 81
The North Side and the "Northern"95
The LaCrosse Division 107
The Railroad in Milwaukee Today 124
Index of Photographs 125
About the Photographers 127
Milwaukee was unquestionably the "hometown" of its namesake railroad, so much so that the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific was indelibly inked in the public mind as "The Milwaukee Road." The Road was the creation of Milwaukeeans, and a strong argument can be made that it was the city's most enthusiastic promoter. Milwaukee Road dominated the Menomonee Valley, the industrial heart of the metropolis. Milwaukee would not have achieved its industrial strength without the web of hometown rails bringing raw material from the west, north, and southwest and then moving the finished products, principally through the Chicago gateway. In its prime, Milwaukee Shops was a major employer as it crafted freight and passenger cars, and even locomotives.
The Milwaukee rails were well-polished in the Golden Years: in 1946 an average of more than 150 trains and switching movements passed Grand Avenue tower each day. The Road attracted not only local photographers, but those from other states as well. Fortunately, many submitted their work to Trains; from that magazine's files career Milwaukee Roader Jim Scribbins compiled this record of Milwaukee Road in Its Hometown.
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