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Milwaukee Road 2022 Calendar

Chartered in 1849, the Milwaukee Road eventually extended its tracks across the northern tier of the United States to the Pacific Ocean. Noted for its innovative electric motive power and passenger service, the line’s successes were overshadowed by weak management and strong competition. By Spring 1982, all Milwaukee lines from the West Coast to Minnesota had been abandoned, and in 1986 remaining Midwest lines were absorbed into the Soo Line. Today CP Rail operates what remains.

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Engines and trains featured in the 2022 edition include:

• Milwaukee Road 606, a Class L-2r Mikado (2-8-2) built by the Milwaukee shops in January 1913, is running light past the tower at Roundout, IL, on March 29, 1952.

• Milwaukee Road 11-A (Erie Built) is leading Train #102, the eastbound Midwest Hiawatha into Council Bluffs, IA, on a chilly February 4, 1951. The Erie-builts were a product of Fairbanks-Morse. Milwaukee purchased both cab (14 A units) and cabless (6 B units), and received them in late 1946 and early 1947. 

• Milwaukee Road 6002 (a General Electric Model U30B, a slug, in this case #SG-1, and another U30B) are working a freight at Tacoma, WA, on March 1973. The slug is connected to one of the diesels, as it has no engine. It does have traction motors; the diesel-electric power is supplied by the diesel. This contributes additional pulling power on a steep grade. 

• It will soon be train time in Deer Lodge, Montana. It is April 29, 1958 and Bipolar Motor E-3 is eastbound approaching the station with Train #16, the Olympian Hiawatha. On the rear is Skytop Observation Car Marble Creek. This was one of six identical cars. The other Skytops were Alder Creek, Arrow Creek, Coffee Creek, Gold Creek and Spanish Creek. 

• In 1969 Milwaukee ordered five smaller six-axle locomotives with two six-axle trucks. Their weight was spread out and they performed as designed. In November 1972, Milwaukee ordered five more. These ten SDL-39 locomotives were the only ones ever built. In this view 589, 582 and 586 are on a freight near Medford, MN. In 1986 and 1987 nine of them were sold to a railroad in Chile. 581 was in a derailment and was scrapped in June 1982.

• Milwaukee Road locomotive 2, built in 1935 by the American Locomotive Company, one of four Class A Atlantics (4-4-2), is on a southbound Hiawatha coming through Skokie, IL, in June 1945. Later, 4-6-4 Hudsons were running this stretch between Milwaukee and Chicago as well. 

• Milwaukee Road played a substantial part in commuter service in the Chicago, IL, area. It is July 1955 and 92-C, an FP-7, is leading a westbound commuter train out of Union Station, Chicago. EMD’s FP-7 was similar to the off-the-shelf F-7A, but was several feet longer to accommodate a steam boiler that kept passenger cars warm in winter. 

• Milwaukee Road had four Class ES-2 switchers. They were steeplecabs with one pantagraph. All four were delivered from General Electric in 1917. After they got four, they decided that only three were needed. The switchers were numbered E-80 through E-83. E-80 was assigned to Butte, MT, and E-81 was assigned to Deer Lodge, MT. E-82 was held as a spare. 

• Milwaukee Road Little Joes E-76 and E-74, with a GP-9 in the power consist, are putting an eastbound freight together at Butte, MT, in September 1967. The nickname “Little Joe” is a reference to Joseph Stalin, the Russian premier who started the sabre rattling that touched off the Cold War.

• Milwaukee Road 39A, an EMD Class E9A built in 1961, is on a westbound single-deck car commuter train at 1:01 p.m. at Franklin Park, IL. One or two cars usually sufficed for middle-of-the-day commuter trips.

• Milwaukee Road Class EF-5 four-motor box-cab set E-29B is one of only five four-unit box cabs still in service on the Rocky Mountain Division at this time. It is getting an eastbound freight underway at Butte, MT, with the help of four EMD SD40-2’s in November 1972. 

• Milwaukee Road’s corporate name was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, and in the fall of 1954, the diesels have replaced steam locomotives on the point of many Hiawatha trains. 90-A, a steam-boiler equipped FP-7, along with two F7-B’s, an all-EMD consist, is preparing for departure from the Minneapolis, MN depot with Train #100, the Afternoon Hiawatha bound for Chicago, IL, a little more than 400-hundred-miles away.

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 11 × 14 × 0.25 in