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Chicago History Museum: The Pioneer
Chicago History Museum: The Pioneer
Published: 2008/04/09
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Rare Chicago North Western, Katy, And More Epic Trains! ( Trains of Northern Illinois Part 2 )
Rare Chicago North Western, Katy, And More Epic Trains! ( Trains of Northern Illinois Part 2 )
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Steven Jam
Wheels A-Rolling: 100 Years of Railroad Progress 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
Wheels A-Rolling: 100 Years of Railroad Progress 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Jeff Quitney
Wheels A-Rolling : 100 Years of Railroad Progress - 1948 Trains Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42
Wheels A-Rolling : 100 Years of Railroad Progress - 1948 Trains Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42
Published: 2012/08/19
Channel: wdtvlive42 - Archive Footage
Union Pacific West Metra Line Chicago - Elburn
Union Pacific West Metra Line Chicago - Elburn
Published: 2016/12/30
Channel: Steven Jam
The Winston Tunnel: Ghosts of the Chicago Great Western Railroad.
The Winston Tunnel: Ghosts of the Chicago Great Western Railroad.
Published: 2012/11/20
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Start Up of E-9 Units
Start Up of E-9 Units
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Illinois Adventure #1502 "Donley
Illinois Adventure #1502 "Donley's Wild West Town"
Published: 2014/03/06
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Old Illinois Central in Elmhurst
Old Illinois Central in Elmhurst
Published: 2008/06/27
Channel: Irving P. Feldspar
UP Heritage Trio!!!
UP Heritage Trio!!!
Published: 2007/01/11
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CP 5937 near Stillman Valley, IL. on 6/6/2014
CP 5937 near Stillman Valley, IL. on 6/6/2014
Published: 2014/06/07
Channel: Northern Illinois Rail Productions
Amtrak Rockford: A tribute to the Black Hawk 1974-1981
Amtrak Rockford: A tribute to the Black Hawk 1974-1981
Published: 2015/12/24
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CN and Wig Wag at Galena, IL
CN and Wig Wag at Galena, IL
Published: 2012/10/27
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Runnin' Trains on THE FEVER RIVER RAILROAD!
Published: 2007/01/07
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Milwuakee Road 265  At IRM
Milwuakee Road 265 At IRM
Published: 2009/06/02
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C&NW Railroad History - Historic Train Film  "The Song of the Pioneer" - WDTVLIVE42
C&NW Railroad History - Historic Train Film "The Song of the Pioneer" - WDTVLIVE42
Published: 2011/04/16
Channel: wdtvlive42 - Archive Footage
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR COLOR HOME MOVIES  1948   34452
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR COLOR HOME MOVIES 1948 34452
Published: 2015/08/26
Channel: PeriscopeFilm
Chicago Footage during the Great Depression: "Chicago" 1936 Star Safety Film
Chicago Footage during the Great Depression: "Chicago" 1936 Star Safety Film
Published: 2013/04/16
Channel: Jeff Quitney
When Was The First Railroad Built?
When Was The First Railroad Built?
Published: 2017/07/21
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CNW 4605 at Eagle Grove.wmv
CNW 4605 at Eagle Grove.wmv
Published: 2010/04/07
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Historic Y.M.C.A. Building (Built In 1889) Rockford, IL (September 2017) East Side Inn
Historic Y.M.C.A. Building (Built In 1889) Rockford, IL (September 2017) East Side Inn
Published: 2017/09/28
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CTA 3142 - Union, IL
CTA 3142 - Union, IL
Published: 2008/07/22
Channel: EJE665
Railfanning Elmhurst 9/23/16
Railfanning Elmhurst 9/23/16
Published: 2016/10/10
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St. Louis Sojourn
St. Louis Sojourn
Published: 2009/01/10
Channel: GreenFrogVideos
Haunted Greenwood Cemetery and Chapel - Rockford, IL (October 2017) Happy Halloween!
Haunted Greenwood Cemetery and Chapel - Rockford, IL (October 2017) Happy Halloween!
Published: 2017/10/14
Channel: TheMrDavidLangley
Chicago Central  (Train pics preview)
Chicago Central (Train pics preview)
Published: 2010/05/13
Channel: Ray Tutaj Jr
Chicago 3, Illinois, USA, Collage Video - youtube.com/tanvideo11
Chicago 3, Illinois, USA, Collage Video - youtube.com/tanvideo11
Published: 2014/02/06
Channel: tanvideo11
100. CN at Ashkum, IL
100. CN at Ashkum, IL
Published: 2014/09/20
Channel: Illini 86
Union Pacific manifest flies through Lafox
Union Pacific manifest flies through Lafox
Published: 2015/11/14
Channel: CNrailfa
Classic CCP Railroad Meet at Peosta Iowa.
Classic CCP Railroad Meet at Peosta Iowa.
Published: 2014/03/15
Channel: Bob Rivard
1st Time Railfanning: Grant Park, Galena IL
1st Time Railfanning: Grant Park, Galena IL
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: Elevators +More
Union Pacific/ Fever River Coal Train
Union Pacific/ Fever River Coal Train
Published: 2007/10/11
Channel: ic6071
HO Scale Train with Real Train Sounds
HO Scale Train with Real Train Sounds
Published: 2009/07/08
Channel: ic6071
Railfanning The Fever River
Railfanning The Fever River
Published: 2007/12/01
Channel: LenaVideos
Galena & Southwestern Wisconsin Rail Road., Part 2
Galena & Southwestern Wisconsin Rail Road., Part 2
Published: 2014/03/12
Channel: Chef Jeff Tendick
Fever River Model Railroad Club Fall 2007 Open House
Fever River Model Railroad Club Fall 2007 Open House
Published: 2008/01/05
Channel: ic6071
C&EI Train Fever River Model Railroad Layout
C&EI Train Fever River Model Railroad Layout
Published: 2006/12/05
Channel: ic6071
IRM C&NW Scoot pulling into the west wye
IRM C&NW Scoot pulling into the west wye
Published: 2007/09/04
Channel: Adam Robillard
Engineering Marvels of Jo Daviess County
Engineering Marvels of Jo Daviess County
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: RRAVCLUB
HO Pionner Zephyr Oroville
HO Pionner Zephyr Oroville
Published: 2015/07/25
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CN freight going threw Rockford Illinois
CN freight going threw Rockford Illinois
Published: 2016/09/10
Channel: Jas Simon
Working Wig Wag Railroad Signal
Working Wig Wag Railroad Signal
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: MegaKnappster
200th Subscriber special part 2: Trains of the BNSF East Dubuque & Savanna, IL 09/24/16-09/25/16
200th Subscriber special part 2: Trains of the BNSF East Dubuque & Savanna, IL 09/24/16-09/25/16
Published: 2016/09/27
Channel: Illinois Valley Railfan
Central Illinois Lumber District 5-01-09
Central Illinois Lumber District 5-01-09
Published: 2009/05/01
Channel: TheYardLimit
Fire at a meat packing plant in Chicago, Illinois. HD Stock Footage
Fire at a meat packing plant in Chicago, Illinois. HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: CriticalPast
BNSF Intermodal @ E. Dubuque
BNSF Intermodal @ E. Dubuque
Published: 2009/05/03
Channel: DanPutz86
Night time railroading.  Brookfield Illinois.  October 2011.
Night time railroading. Brookfield Illinois. October 2011.
Published: 2011/10/29
Channel: Edward Kwiatkowski
Thomas Back Engine For Ride 2017 @ Illinois RailWay Museum At DownTown Marengo IL The USOfA
Thomas Back Engine For Ride 2017 @ Illinois RailWay Museum At DownTown Marengo IL The USOfA
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Zachary Pierce
CN Leads Foreign Power On A Very Long Freight
CN Leads Foreign Power On A Very Long Freight
Published: 2015/02/27
Channel: Irving P. Feldspar
Wig-Wag SIGNALS and CA&E 431 at Illinois Railway Museum!
Wig-Wag SIGNALS and CA&E 431 at Illinois Railway Museum!
Published: 2012/09/22
Channel: CSX Productions
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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Galena and Chicago Union Railroad
1850 Galena & Chicago Union.jpg
Original plan from Chicago to Galena
Locale northern Illinois
Dates of operation 1836–1864
Successor Chicago and North Western
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
1862 map

The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (G&CU) was a railroad running west from Chicago to Clinton, Iowa and Freeport, Illinois, never reaching Galena, Illinois. Incorporated in 1836, the G&CU became the first railroad built to Chicago.

History[edit]

The first railroad constructed out of Chicago, the Galena and Chicago Union, was chartered January 16, 1836, to connect Chicago with the lead mines at Galena. "The Pioneer," the first locomotive on the road, arrived at Chicago on October 10, 1848, nearly thirteen years after the charter was granted. In 1850, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was completed as far as Elgin. The railroad and the canal were vital in the development of Chicago and the population of the city tripled in the six years after the opening of the canal. Eventually other railroads were built and Chicago became the largest railroad center in the world.

In 1862 the G&CU leased in perpetuity the Cedar Rapids and Missouri Railroad which was to be the first railroad to reach Council Bluffs, Iowa and the First Transcontinental Railroad. The G&CU consolidated with the Chicago and North Western Railway in 1864, which merged with the Union Pacific Railroad over a century later in 1996.

Today, the G&CU's main line between Chicago and West Chicago is a busy commuter service, jointly operated by Union Pacific and Metra as the Union Pacific / West Line.

Construction[edit]

The railroad was constructed starting in March 1848, and was completed in 1853. The first westbound train out of Chicago departed on October 25, 1848, pulled by a used Baldwin-built locomotive named Pioneer.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2005), This Month in Railroad History - October. Retrieved October 25, 2005.
  2. ^ Chicago Historical Society, History Lab Collections - Riding the Rails Archived 2006-05-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved October 25, 2005.

Sources[edit]

  • Cronon, William (1992). Nature's metropolis: Chicago and the great west (reprint ed.). W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-30873-1.  examines the economic effects of the railroad (among other things).
  • A Chronological History of Chicago: 1673- Compiled by Chicago Municipal Reference Library, City of Chicago, updated by Municipal Reference Collection, Chicago Public Library

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