Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway
Share of the Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company, issued 13. December 1919
|Reporting mark||CMO, CSt.PM&O|
|Locale||United States from St. Paul, Minnesota, Elroy, Wisconsin; Sioux City, Iowa|
|Dates of operation||1880–1972|
|Predecessor||West Wisconsin Railway, St. Paul and Sioux City Railway|
|Successor||Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Length||1,616 miles (2,601 km)|
|Headquarters||St. 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. 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.
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.
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. In 1878 the bankrupt West Wisconsin Railway was acquired by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway.
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
The following main lines were part of the Omaha Road:
|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)|
- Interstate Commerce Commission, Valuation Docket No. 549: Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company, 1928
- Chicago & North Western Historical Society, Chicago St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha - A Capsule History
- Yesterday and Today: A History of the Chicago and North Western Railway System. Winship Company, Printers. 1910. pp. 77–.
- P. F. Collier and Son, New World Atlas and Gazetteer, 1922: Chicago and North Western Railway