Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway

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Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway "The Omaha Road"
Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha RW 1919.jpg
Share of the Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company, issued 13. December 1919
Reporting markCMO, CSt.PM&O
LocaleUnited States from St. Paul, Minnesota, Elroy, Wisconsin; Sioux City, Iowa
Dates of operation1880–1972
PredecessorWest Wisconsin Railway, St. Paul and Sioux City Railway
SuccessorChicago and Northwestern Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Length1,616 miles (2,601 km)
HeadquartersSt. Paul, Minnesota

The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway or Omaha Road (reporting mark CMO) was a railroad in the U.S. states of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. It was incorporated in 1880 as a consolidation of the Chicago, St. Paul and Minneapolis Railway and the North Wisconsin Railway.[1] The Chicago and North Western Railway (C&NW) gained control in 1882. The C&NW leased the Omaha Road in 1957 and merged the company into itself in 1972.[2]

Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway (CStPM&O) 4-4-0 locomotive #278

Portions of the C. St. P. M. and O. are part of the Union Pacific Railroad network. This includes main lines from Wyeville, Wisconsin, to St. Paul, Minnesota, and St. Paul to Sioux City, Iowa.

History[edit]

The West Wisconsin Railway was authorized in 1876 to build from St. Paul, Minnesota through to reach the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad at Elroy, Wisconsin.[3] In 1878 the bankrupt West Wisconsin Railway was acquired by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway.[3]

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

Disposition of lines[edit]

Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway steam locomotive art in 1919

The following main lines were part of the Omaha Road:[4]

Division Notes
Eastern Division: Elroy, Wisconsin (junction with C&NW towards Chicago) to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota Now mostly part of the Union Pacific Railroad's Wyeville and Altoona Subdivisions
Northern Division: Northline (junction with Eastern Division towards Minneapolis-St. Paul) to Bayfield, Wisconsin Now abandoned
Eau Claire (Eastern Division) to Spooner, Wisconsin (Northern Division main line) Now a Union Pacific Railroad branch line south of Cameron Between Spooner and Trego, Wisconsin is used by the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad.
Trego, Wisconsin (Northern Division main line) to Duluth, Minnesota Now abandoned, known as the Wild Rivers Trail
St. Paul and Sioux City Division: Minneapolis-St. Paul to Sioux City, Iowa Now the Union Pacific Railroad's Mankato and Worthington Subdivisions
Org, Minnesota (SP&SC Division main line) to Mitchell, South Dakota Now the Minnesota Southern Railway east of Manley
Nebraska Division: Sioux City to Omaha, Nebraska Now abandoned
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway
Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway [Nebraska Division] (Main Line)
0 Omaha
5 Florence
16 Ft. Calhoun
25 Blair
35 Herman
42 Tekamah
51 Craig
58 Oakland
65 Lyons
73 Bancroft
82 Pender
95 Emerson
107 Hubbard
112 Coburn
116 Dakota City
120 South Sioux City
124 Sioux City

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interstate Commerce Commission, Valuation Docket No. 549: Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company, 1928
  2. ^ Chicago & North Western Historical Society, Chicago St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha - A Capsule History
  3. ^ a b Yesterday and Today: A History of the Chicago and North Western Railway System. Winship Company, Printers. 1910. pp. 77–.
  4. ^ P. F. Collier and Son, New World Atlas and Gazetteer, 1922: Chicago and North Western Railway