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Re: [CBQ] Silk Trains

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Silk Trains
From: "Nolen Null via groups.io" <NNull=aol.com@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2021 04:41:21 +0000 (UTC)
I remember sitting in the Burlington IA station about 1965-65 and seeing an E-5A unit pulling 7 express reefers eastbound with a banner on the 1st car proclaiming "FRESH CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES"!   I wonder what his speed limit was once he got across the Mississippi river bridge?  Only time I ever saw and E-5 in service.

Nolen Null


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From: Leo Phillipp via groups.io <qutlx1=aol.com@xxxxxxxxx>
To: CBQ@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Mon, Nov 8, 2021 10:40 pm
Subject: Re: [CBQ] Silk Trains

Thanks Rupert. The one confirms the Q did share in the CA originated business. Interesting how the care and handling of the silk changed in later times compared to early on.

Leo

> On Nov 8, 2021, at 8:53 PM, Rupert Gamlen <gamlenz@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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> Leo
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> A couple of CB&Q related clippings.
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> Rupert Gamlen
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> From: CBQ@xxxxxxxxx <CBQ@xxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Leo Phillipp via groups.io
> Sent: Tuesday, 9 November 2021 3:33 pm
> To: CBQ@xxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [CBQ] Silk Trains
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> 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 time possible".
> 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 ?
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> Does anyone have any info. about the Q's silk trains and/or business ?
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> Leo Phillipp
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> <Silk Train 1896 C7 v21 p142.jpg>
> <Silk train R&LE 1912 v25 p1-2.pdf>






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