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Here is a look at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in its final years of independent operation, including the famous 400 Streamliners running their  final miles,  the commuter  service,for which the railroad has been long renown, and its fast freight  service in conjunction with Union Pacific.

The Chicago and Northwestern was what one would  call a 'granger' railroad serving the upper midwest and providing the Union Pacific Railroad with a through route to and from Chicago and its connections.For many years, until October,1955, the railroad forwarded the western Cities streamliner   passenger trains  to and from the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific. The Chicago and Northwestern later became noted for operating the finest commuter  service in North America and such innovative freight   services as the Falcon high  speed piggyback train, that toted pigs as if they  were  passengers. Major  terminals included Proviso Yard, Wood Street, TOFC,

Sample 1963 Passenger Schedules
The following are condensed versions of  some of the 400  family of fine passenger train schedules then in operation on  the Chicago  and Northwestern as taken from a 1963 timetable supplement.
Table1. Twin Cities 400
401.................Stations...............400
1120......lv....Chicago........ar..1830
1245......ar ..Milwaukee.....lv..1655
1250......lv....Milwaukee.....ar.1644
1640.............Eau Claire...........1255
1810.............St. Paul................1130
1840......ar Minneapolis....Lv.1101
Table2.Rochester 400
519................Stations................518
0910......Lv Chicago........Ar....1935
0933........Des  Plaines.............1906
1032........Harvard......................1817
1246........Madison....................1630
1510....ar Wyeville.............Lv..1415
1520....lv Wyeville..............ar...1410
  w............LaCrosse.....................w
1710........Winona......................1235
1817........Rochester.................1108
2014....Ar Mankato...........Lv....0905
Note:w indicates conditional stop at this station.
Table 3. Kate Shelley 400
1.............11..............Stations..............2...........12
1600....1931...Lv Chicago.......Ar.0755.......1825
-------....1944.........Oak Park...........0738........1809
-------....-------.........Wheaton...........-------.........1753
E      .....2011........Geneva.............0711.........1741
1702....2033........DeKalb..............0651..........1721
1717....2043........Rochelle...........0634..........1704
1738....2108........Dixon................0613...........1631
1804....2134........Marrison,IL......0547............1617
1825...2155...ar..Clinton,IA...lv..0530............1600
The Kate Shelley 400 was all that was left of the  former transcontinental passenger   service CNW operated in conjunction with the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. On October 30,1955, the Milwaukee Road assumed operation of the Chicago-Omaha portion of this service. Passenger service west of Clinton,Iowa was discontinued in late 1959. In  addition to these three pairs of trains, other members of  the 400 fleet included the Commuter 400 between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Flambeau 400  between Chicago,Greenbay, and Ishpeming. All passenger cars and locomotives used on these trains were  painted in the railroad's distinctive green and yellow paint scheme, which set them apart from   the Milwaukee Road's two tone orange   scheme and Union Pacific like paint scheme used on transcon equipment..  In the final years of CNW intercity passenger  service, the 400s were  stripped of their names and the  last    of these trains ran  its final miles on April 30,1971,leaving  only   the commuter  service to carry on CNW passenger traditions..