A couple of CB&Q related clippings.
From: CBQ@xxxxxxxxx <CBQ@xxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Leo Phillipp via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, 9 November 2021 3:33 pm
Subject: [CBQ] Silk Trains
Just finished an excellent article in the 3rd quarter 2021 of "The Milwaukee
Railroader" of the MRHA on that roads' silk trains from Seattle/Tacoma to
Chicago. The description of the silk cars and efforts made to keep them dry and
temperature controlled was interesting.
A long time ago the old heads on BN that I worked with used to talk about the
silk and berry specials on the Q. The only thing I recall was their
descriptions of speed and the written instructions to the effect of "make best
According to the MRHA article besides the Milw. the GN and NP handled the
business to St Paul and handed it to the Q. The CN and CP also had some of the
business. The article also details movements from San Francisco and Oakland via
Central Pacific and U.P. To Omaha as early as 1869. Wonder if the Q handled any
of this business from Omaha ?
Does anyone have any info. about the Q's silk trains and/or business ?
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Silk Train 1896 C7 v21 p142.jpg
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Silk train R&LE 1912 v25 p1-2.pdf
Description: Silk train R&LE 1912 v25 p1-2.pdf