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Rare Chicago North Western, Katy, And More Epic Trains! ( Trains of Northern Illinois Part 2 )
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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
Chicago History Museum: The Pioneer
Chicago History Museum: The Pioneer
Published: 2008/04/09
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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
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CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR COLOR HOME MOVIES 1948 34452
Published: 2015/08/26
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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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Published: 2007/01/07
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HO Scale Proto 2000 CB&Q E8 with its train
HO Scale Proto 2000 CB&Q E8 with its train
Published: 2011/09/16
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Zepher w/ Snd on the Fever River Model Railroad club layout.
Zepher w/ Snd on the Fever River Model Railroad club layout.
Published: 2006/12/06
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Freight Train in Rural Illinois
Freight Train in Rural Illinois
Published: 2008/12/27
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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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C&EI Train Fever River Model Railroad Layout
C&EI Train Fever River Model Railroad Layout
Published: 2006/12/05
Channel: ic6071
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Start Up of E-9 Units
Published: 2012/04/18
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NS Ethanol Train Pops out at the CN East Dubuque Tunnel East Dubuque, IL
NS Ethanol Train Pops out at the CN East Dubuque Tunnel East Dubuque, IL
Published: 2015/03/17
Channel: Eastern Iowa Rail Productions
A Metra train westbound
A Metra train westbound
Published: 2016/04/03
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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
When Was The First Railroad Built?
When Was The First Railroad Built?
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: blue sparky
IRM C&NW Scoot pulling into the west wye
IRM C&NW Scoot pulling into the west wye
Published: 2007/09/04
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CTA 3142 - Union, IL
CTA 3142 - Union, IL
Published: 2008/07/22
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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
Extra IC 6005 East at Portage
Extra IC 6005 East at Portage
Published: 2013/10/21
Channel: IC8909
Union Pacific/ Fever River Coal Train
Union Pacific/ Fever River Coal Train
Published: 2007/10/11
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CTA 3142 - Union, IL
CTA 3142 - Union, IL
Published: 2008/08/24
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100. CN at Ashkum, IL
100. CN at Ashkum, IL
Published: 2014/09/20
Channel: Illini 86
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
CNW 4605 at Eagle Grove.wmv
CNW 4605 at Eagle Grove.wmv
Published: 2010/04/07
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Union Pacific manifest flies through Lafox
Union Pacific manifest flies through Lafox
Published: 2015/11/14
Channel: CNrailfa
Chicago Central  (Train pics preview)
Chicago Central (Train pics preview)
Published: 2010/05/13
Channel: Ray Tutaj Jr
HO Pionner Zephyr Oroville
HO Pionner Zephyr Oroville
Published: 2015/07/25
Channel: Audi Q2
Chicago 3, Illinois, USA, Collage Video - youtube.com/tanvideo11
Chicago 3, Illinois, USA, Collage Video - youtube.com/tanvideo11
Published: 2014/02/06
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Top down POV  of a freight train in Galena, IL
Top down POV of a freight train in Galena, IL
Published: 2016/03/14
Channel: firesq15
St. Louis Sojourn
St. Louis Sojourn
Published: 2009/01/10
Channel: GreenFrogVideos
CN 8947 North w/ BC Rail & NS Power, West Chicago, IL
CN 8947 North w/ BC Rail & NS Power, West Chicago, IL
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: fastrains56
Stops Along the Chicago Great Western
Stops Along the Chicago Great Western
Published: 2013/02/13
Channel: RRAVCLUB
Old Illinois Central in Elmhurst
Old Illinois Central in Elmhurst
Published: 2008/06/27
Channel: Irving P. Feldspar
Galena & Southwestern Wisconsin Rail Road., Part 2
Galena & Southwestern Wisconsin Rail Road., Part 2
Published: 2014/03/12
Channel: Chef Jeff Tendick
BN 3 East Cabin
BN 3 East Cabin
Published: 2013/10/21
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Glen Ellyn to Lombard train number 52
Glen Ellyn to Lombard train number 52
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Chris Korienek
A Evening in East Dubuque, IL
A Evening in East Dubuque, IL
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: Eastern Iowa Rail Productions
Central Illinois Lumber District 5-01-09
Central Illinois Lumber District 5-01-09
Published: 2009/05/01
Channel: TheYardLimit
Railfanning Rochelle, IL
Railfanning Rochelle, IL
Published: 2014/08/09
Channel: Coaster3001
A "Western Service" Canadian National Freight Train
A "Western Service" Canadian National Freight Train
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: Irving P. Feldspar
Fever River Model Railroad Club Fall 2007 Open House
Fever River Model Railroad Club Fall 2007 Open House
Published: 2008/01/05
Channel: ic6071
EB UPRR Intermodal Train Crossing Several Diamonds @ Dolton Jct IL (SE Chicago).avi
EB UPRR Intermodal Train Crossing Several Diamonds @ Dolton Jct IL (SE Chicago).avi
Published: 2010/07/11
Channel: myrailvideos
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
Union Pacific "Chicago NorthWestern" Heritage Unit
Union Pacific "Chicago NorthWestern" Heritage Unit
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Irving P. Feldspar
East Cabin - Art
East Cabin - Art's OS
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: IC8909
Railfanning Elmhurst 9/23/16
Railfanning Elmhurst 9/23/16
Published: 2016/10/10
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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. 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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