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MILW: 1941

MILW: 1941

June 1941. "Railroad yards. Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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MILW is the reporting mark of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad as can be seen on some of the boxcars in the foreground. It was also known as the Route of the Hiawathas, used to name a number of its high speed passenger trains as seen on a boxcar in the background.

It was the last of the transcontinental railroads to go into service and was famed for its two sections of electrified trackage in Montana, Idaho and Washington. It all came to an end with its third bankruptcy in 1977. Sections of the railroad still remain in use by Canadian Pacific and others.

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