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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
Chicago History Museum: The Pioneer
Chicago History Museum: The Pioneer
Published: 2008/04/09
Channel: 2GUNBOY
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
100. CN at Ashkum, IL
100. CN at Ashkum, IL
Published: 2014/09/20
Channel: Illini 86
Rail Fanning Around North-Central Illinois
Rail Fanning Around North-Central Illinois
Published: 2014/01/20
Channel: cnw6871
Engineering Marvels of Jo Daviess County
Engineering Marvels of Jo Daviess County
Published: 2012/11/20
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Union Pacific West Metra Line Chicago - Elburn
Union Pacific West Metra Line Chicago - Elburn
Published: 2016/12/30
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Start Up of E-9 Units
Published: 2012/04/18
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USAX 4018
USAX 4018
Published: 2009/07/14
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Illinois Railroad at Streator, Illinoisover old CB&Q RR trestle north of town
Illinois Railroad at Streator, Illinoisover old CB&Q RR trestle north of town
Published: 2009/12/20
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CN freight going threw Rockford Illinois
CN freight going threw Rockford Illinois
Published: 2016/09/10
Channel: Jas Simon
Fever River Railroad Fall 2012 Open House
Fever River Railroad Fall 2012 Open House
Published: 2012/11/24
Channel: ic6071
Art in the Dark Halloween Parade Chicago 2017
Art in the Dark Halloween Parade Chicago 2017
Published: 2017/10/23
Channel: Paul Machnick
Stockton Railroad Week Hobo Picnic
Stockton Railroad Week Hobo Picnic
Published: 2010/06/19
Channel: dminorism
The Winston Tunnel: Ghosts of the Chicago Great Western Railroad.
The Winston Tunnel: Ghosts of the Chicago Great Western Railroad.
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: RRAVCLUB
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR COLOR HOME MOVIES  1948   34452
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR COLOR HOME MOVIES 1948 34452
Published: 2015/08/26
Channel: PeriscopeFilm
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
Channel: TheMrDavidLangley
CB&Q -BN unused and partial abandoned siding, Lewistown,Illinois
CB&Q -BN unused and partial abandoned siding, Lewistown,Illinois
Published: 2018/01/07
Channel: Jan Smith
Runnin
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Published: 2007/01/07
Channel: ic6071
Train in Cedar Rapids Going Both Ways at 4 pm
Train in Cedar Rapids Going Both Ways at 4 pm
Published: 2012/03/30
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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
Haunted Greenwood Cemetery and Chapel (Founded In 1852) Rockford, IL (October 2017) Happy Halloween!
Haunted Greenwood Cemetery and Chapel (Founded In 1852) Rockford, IL (October 2017) Happy Halloween!
Published: 2017/10/14
Channel: TheMrDavidLangley
When Was The First Railroad Built?
When Was The First Railroad Built?
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: blue sparky
Illinois Adventure #1502 "Donley
Illinois Adventure #1502 "Donley's Wild West Town"
Published: 2014/03/06
Channel: WTVP
Union Pacific/ Fever River Coal Train
Union Pacific/ Fever River Coal Train
Published: 2007/10/11
Channel: ic6071
St. Louis Sojourn
St. Louis Sojourn
Published: 2009/01/10
Channel: GreenFrogVideos
Abandoned watchman
Abandoned watchman's house, built in the mid 1800's, Galena Illinois
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Kathleen Sheldrake
Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois
Published: 2016/03/01
Channel: Century Old
Galena & Southwestern Wisconsin Rail Road., Part 2
Galena & Southwestern Wisconsin Rail Road., Part 2
Published: 2014/03/12
Channel: Chef Jeff Tendick
Metra Riders Upset With Plans For Another Rate Hike
Metra Riders Upset With Plans For Another Rate Hike
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: CBS Chicago
Railfanning The Fever River
Railfanning The Fever River
Published: 2007/12/01
Channel: LenaVideos
Metra Electric/South Shore rush near Van Buren St., Chicago, IL on 11/24/17.
Metra Electric/South Shore rush near Van Buren St., Chicago, IL on 11/24/17.
Published: 2018/01/04
Channel: Badger State Rail Productions
Chicago 3, Illinois, USA, Collage Video - youtube.com/tanvideo11
Chicago 3, Illinois, USA, Collage Video - youtube.com/tanvideo11
Published: 2014/02/06
Channel: tanvideo11
Chicago Central  (Train pics preview)
Chicago Central (Train pics preview)
Published: 2010/05/13
Channel: Ray Tutaj Jr
Classic CCP Railroad Meet at Peosta Iowa.
Classic CCP Railroad Meet at Peosta Iowa.
Published: 2014/03/15
Channel: Bob Rivard
Union Pacific East.  DeKalb, Illinois
Union Pacific East. DeKalb, Illinois
Published: 2009/07/27
Channel: FireFF
CN and Wig Wag at Galena, IL
CN and Wig Wag at Galena, IL
Published: 2012/10/27
Channel: Andy S
CNW 4605 at Eagle Grove.wmv
CNW 4605 at Eagle Grove.wmv
Published: 2010/04/07
Channel: CNW4251
HO Pionner Zephyr Oroville
HO Pionner Zephyr Oroville
Published: 2015/07/25
Channel: Audi Q2
Bessemer & Lake Erie # 878 Pulls The Local  (SD38-2)
Bessemer & Lake Erie # 878 Pulls The Local (SD38-2)
Published: 2015/01/12
Channel: Irving P. Feldspar
The Fever River
The Fever River
Published: 2009/04/21
Channel: LenaVideos
Welcome to the Galena History Museum
Welcome to the Galena History Museum
Published: 2010/11/09
Channel: galenahistorymuseum
Winston Tunnel
Winston Tunnel
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: Jeff Kline
The States Documentary 07 Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming
The States Documentary 07 Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: Germend Stero
Extra IC 6005 East at Portage
Extra IC 6005 East at Portage
Published: 2013/10/21
Channel: IC8909
Amtrak, UP & BNSF | Princeton, IL | Winter 2007
Amtrak, UP & BNSF | Princeton, IL | Winter 2007
Published: 2009/03/27
Channel: Andrew Osborne
CN 2928 W with GT 4622 exiting E. Dubuque tunnel, 7.31.2015
CN 2928 W with GT 4622 exiting E. Dubuque tunnel, 7.31.2015
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: TJY Productions
Old Illinois Central in Elmhurst
Old Illinois Central in Elmhurst
Published: 2008/06/27
Channel: Irving P. Feldspar
The Original California Zephyr - Blackhawk Railroad Series
The Original California Zephyr - Blackhawk Railroad Series
Published: 2012/06/08
Channel: Railroad Park
Freight Train in Rural Illinois
Freight Train in Rural Illinois
Published: 2008/12/27
Channel: ic6071
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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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