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2 2009 Issue Overview

In This Issue:
  • CNW Locomotive EMD FP9-A #4054-A Photo Dearborn Missouri 1971 - Eugene Lewis photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD FP7A #240 Photo Kansas City Missouri 1974 - Rob Leachman photo
  • Unintended Consequences - C&NW Operations in Iowa and North Missouri - Eugene Lewis
  • CNW Map of Operations in Iowa and North Missouri 1971 - Eugene Lewis
  • CGW String Diagram Kansas City - De Moines - CNW Document CNWHS Archives
  • CNW Locomotives EMD GP7 #1578 + #1579 Photo No Location No Date - Alan Christianson photo
  • Map of Railroad Routes South of Kansas City Missouri - CNWHS
  • CNW Locomotive 1003 + Calf EMD NW2 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1982 - Jim Ford Photo
  • CNW Yard Panoramic Photo Des Moines Iowa 1982 - Alan Christianson photo
  • CNW Traffic Congestion Relief Plan II Des Moines to Kansas City 1972 - CNW Document / CNWHS Archives
  • CNW Locomotive EMD NW2 #1101 + Calf Photo Des Moines Iowa 1983 - Mark Lynn photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD18 #6645 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1983 - J. D. Larson photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F3A #205 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1983 - J. D. Larson photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD9 #6612 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1983 - Joe Pierson photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD18R #6622 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1983 - Joe Piersen photo
  • Map of Railroad Routes Between Chicago and Kansas City Missouir - CNWHS Archives
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD40-2 #6811 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Alan Christianson photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD40 #874 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Alan Christianson photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD FP9A #4054-A Photo Kansas City Missouri 1971 - Eugene Lewis Photo
  • CNW Locomotive 9811 EMD SD40-2 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Alan Christianson Photo
  • CNW Locomotive 874 EMD SD40 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 -01 - Alan Christianson Photo
  • CGW Locomotive EMD F3A #108C Photo Conception Missouri 1971 - Eugene Lewis photo
  • The CNW in Greater Des Moines : 1973 - 1982 - Rob Leachman
  • CNW Grade w/ Signals Photo Bondurant Iowa 1973 - CNWHS collection
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F3 #202 Photo Bondurant Iowa 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD40-2 #6835 Photo Cumming Iowa 1980 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F7A #227 Photo Mingo Siding Iowa 1974 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Train #143 Panoramic Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Map of Operations in Central Iowa 1974 - CNW Document / CNWHS Archives
  • CNW Locomotive EMD FP7A #217 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Train Schedule Minneapolis Minnesota to Kansas City Missouri 1974 - CNWHS Archives
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP30 #853 Photo Bondurant Iowa 1973 - No Citation
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F7A #237 Photo Bondurant Iowa 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F7A #269 Photo Cumming Iowa 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW LocomotiveEMD SD40 #873 Photo Martensdale Iowa 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Kansas City Sub : Missouri Division - Depots w/ Mile Marker List - Station Number - Siding Capacity - Rob Leachman
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F7A #237 Photo Bondurant Iowa 1973 01 - Rob Leachman photo
  • Map of Main Line Railroads in Vicinity of Des Moines Iowa 1974 - Rob Leachman
  • CNW Des Moines SubDivision : Missouri Division Depot Site vs Mile Marker List + Station Numbers + Siding Capacity - Rob Leachman
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F7A #224 Photo Cumming Iowa 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP38-1 #4631 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Hull Avenue Yard Panoramic Photo Des Moines Iowa 1982 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP38-2 #4612 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP35 #841 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD45 #943 Photo Bondurant Iowa 1974 - Bob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F7A #202 Photo Shore Line Junction 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD F7A #269 Photo Hanley Spur 1973 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW TimeTable Ankeny SubDivision - Missouri Division 1972 - CNW Document / Rob Leachman
  • CNW Through - Freight Schedule Ankeny SubDivision 1974 - CNW Document / Rob Leachman
  • CNW Kansas City - Junction Wye Photo 1987 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Des Moines Iowa Photo Section - Chris Keating
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD40-2 #6863 w/Circus Train Photo MP 78 Spine Line No Date - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD18 #6635 Photo Short Yard Des Moines Iowa 1997 - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD NW2 #1016 + #1107 Booster [Slug] Photo Des Moines Iowa 1985 - Joe Piersen photo
  • CNW Track Geometry Car [Budd RDC] #430 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1985 - Jim Ford photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD40-2 #6935 [Operation Lifesaver] Photo 01 Des Moines Iowa 1997 - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD40-2 #6935 [Operation Lifesaver] Photo 02 Des Moines Iowa 1997 - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP38-2 #4634 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Jerry Bosanek photo
  • CNW Locomotives EMD SD18 #6638 + #6634 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1996 - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP7 #4331 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1998 - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD NW2 #1305 + #1104 Booster [Slug] Photo Short Line Yard Des Moines Iowa 1984 - Jim Ford photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP38-2 #4630 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Peter Arnold photo
  • CNW Way Car Caboose #1093 [Safety First] Photo Des Moines Iowa No Date - Joe Piersen photo
  • CNW Locomotives EMD SD40-2 #6847 + #6877 Photo Des Moines Iowa 2003 - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD NW2 #1000 w/Booster [Slug] Photo Des Moines Iowa 1985 - Joe Piersen photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD40-2 #6856 Photo Des Moines Iowa 2003 - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotives EMD GP7 #1578 + #1579 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1980 - Alan Christianson photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD40-2 #6866 Photo Des Moines Iowa 2000 - Dana Grefe photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD SD18 #6644 Photo Des Moines Iowa 1995 - Kevin EuDaly photo
  • Farmington [Illinois] Depot in the 1920's - Everette Wilton Latharn
  • M&StL RR Depot Photo Farmington Illinois No Date - No Citation
  • M&StL RR TimeTable Eastern Division 1927 - M&StL RR Document / Dennis Holmes collection
  • M&StL RR TimeTable Twelfth District 1959 - M&StLRR Document / Dennis Holmes collection
  • CNW Depot Photo Rapid City South Dakota 1951 - William Armstrong photo
  • CNW Rapid City Trip : Chicago to Rapid City and Return No Date - Joe Piersen from notes by Bill Armstrong, CNW Engineer of Buildings
  • CNW Locomotive Class J 2-8-2 Mikado #2536 Photo No Location No Date - CNWHS collection
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP7 #1523 Photo Ames Iowa 1951 - CNWHS collection
  • CNW Tunnel #3 Photo Elroy Wisconsin 1948 - CNWHS collection
  • CGW Depot Photo Dodge Center Minnesota 1961 - Walt Dunlap photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP7 #1535 Photo Owatonna Minnesota 1963 - Robert A. Johnson photo
  • CNW Locomotive BLW DRS-6-6-1500 #1500 Photo Phillips South Dakota 1952 - William Armstrong photo
  • CNW Locomotive Class E-1 4-6-2 Pacific #2223 Photo Huron South Dakota 1956 - Norman F. Priebe photo
  • CNW Locomotive BLW AS-6-6-1000 #1019 Photo Proviso Illinois 1953 - Fred Ziebe photo
  • CNW Roundhouse Photo Rapid City South Dakota 1951 - William Armstrong photo
  • CNW Locomotive Schenectady Class R-1 4-6-0 Ten Wheeler #1149 Photo Fremont Nebraska 1956 - CNWHS collection
  • Modelling CNW Locomotive SD40-2 #6832 - Kelly Duford
  • CNW Locomotives #6832 + #6845 + #6888 Photo Hugo Minnesota 1985 - Tom Carlson photo
  • CNW Locomotive #6832 Photo Wyeville Wisconsin 1996 - Scott Sasse photo
  • CNW Locomotive #6832 w/Circus Train Photo No Location 1991 - Jim Walter photo
  • Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern RR 50-Ton 2-Bay Hopper Car Photo No Location No Date - Northwestern Newsliner Vol. 2009 No. 2 / Ron Sims photo
  • Escanaba & Lake Superior RR Locomotive EMD SD9 #1222 Photo North Green Bay Wisconsin No Date - Northwestern Newsliner Vol 2 2009 / Thomas Doumouras photo
  • CNW Locomotive GE C42-8 #8566 [UPY #9088] in Storage - Chris Keating / Northwestern Newsliner Vol. 2009 No. 2
  • News of former CNW Locomotive SD40-2 - Chris Keating-Justin Hardecopf / Northwestern Newsliner Vol. 2009 No. 2
  • Manley Iowa Railroad Museum receives three CNW Locomotives : EMD GP7 #4111 + #4173 + #4188 - Dan Sabin / Northwestern Newsliner Vol. 2009 No. 2
  • Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee Commuter Train news - UPY Rrelease
  • CNW Yard Photo Clinton Iowa 1983 - Rob Leachman Photo
  • CNW Locomotive EMD GP50 #5083 Photo Clinton Iowa 1983 - Rob Leachman photo
  • CNW Clinton Iowa 1909 Bridge Operational Details - Michael W. Blaszak / North Western Newsliner

Editor's Notes:
In this issue
Unintended Consequences, by Gene Lewis
The C&NW in Greater Des Moines -1973-9182 by Rob Leachman
Photo Section: Des Moines by Chris Keating
Peoria Gateway: Farmington Depot in 1920s by Dennis Holmes and Gene Green
Rapid City Trip: Chicago to Rapid City and Return by Bill Armstrong
Modeling C&NW SD-40-2 6832 by Kelly Duford
This issue takes up where the last issue left off with expanded Des Moines coverage in the more modern era. As the convention in Des Moines draws near, with train rides on two routes near Iowa’s capital city, details on C&NW’s various routes are covered. First up is a fascinating look at how the C&NW approached the possible routes to Kansas City from Des Moines by Gene Lewis, author of 12,000 Days on the North Western Line. Based entirely on engineering studies and the corporate mentality at the time, Gene’s article is packed with statistics, charts, and maps, and reveals some fascinating aspects of the eventual switch to the former Rock Island route, nicknamed the “Spine Line.”
Next up is a great look at the C&NW in the Des Moines era between 1973 and 1982 by Rob Leachman, who intentionally photographed the C&NW, capturing the freight F-unit era in dramatic fashion. Any of us with memories of that era can easily remember that classic chant of 567-powered F-units on long heavy trains. It didn’t take much of a grade to really get them talking. You won’t want to miss Rob’s presentation of this article at the convention in May.
Our Photo Section presents the C&NW in Des Moines, our regular M&StL column presents a look at depot activities by an agent in a depot not far from Peoria, and we have a travel-log that has observations during a trip from Chicago to Rapid City and back. Rounding it out is an excellent how-to modeling article on producing SD40-2 6832 in HO scale, which includes plenty of very good tips for even the experienced modeler. Our regular CGW column will be back next issue.
Hopefully this lineup will inspire you to attend the upcoming convention in Des Moines, which is looking to be one of the finest ever. Two train rides and a top-notch lineup of presenters will make the trip to central Iowa well worthwhile. I hope to see you there.
—Kevin EuDaly, Editor
North Western Lines


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