Chicago St Paul Minneapolis & Omaha railway blueprint- Wrench Tool Train Repair 1949

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Lovely antique blue print on, I believe, drafting vellum like a waxed fabric which has insured it's survival. Drafted in 1949 this sketch shows an open ended 'S' wrench used on rail repair as designed for the Chicago St Paul Minneapolis & Omaha railway. Draft measures about 11 x 16 inches inside black drawn frame. Some spotting and discoloration, minor wrinkling which can be expected from a vintage blue print.

The CSt.PM&O (“Omaha Road”) was a smaller regional railroad than the C&NW, and it lived in the shadow of the C&NW as a semi-independent line. Most of its trackage was in Wisconsin and Minnesota, but there was additional trackage in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Total trackage eventually reached about 1700 miles.

The Omaha road served the large cities of St. Paul + Minneapolis, Duluth, Omaha, and Sioux City. Smaller cities included Eau Claire, Ashland, St. James, Hudson, Le Mars, and Superior. Its fleet of passenger cars, freight cars and steam locomotives was similar to that of most of the other medium-sized granger roads. And its finest passenger equipment was assigned to the St. Paul – Chicago route, with the connection to the C&NW at Elroy, Wisconsin. After 1911 many of the better trains ran to Chicago via Milwaukee and the “Adams Cutoff” on the C&NW.

The Omaha Road was a fairly successful subsidiary of the C&NW, and its traffic patterns were in synch with the patterns of the C&NW. For example, lumber, fish, and dairy products went down from northern Wisconsin to the markets on the C&NW, and industrial products and coal flowed north.

At the end of 1956 CStPM&O operated 1616 miles of road and 2396 miles of track; that year it reported 2115 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 65 million passenger-miles.

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