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Roller Coaster Roadbed...faces Illinois Central crewmen for two miles where rails and ties sagged of their own weight when roadbed was washed out.

Railroad tracks belonging to the Chicago Great Western Railroad Co., are disappearing from the scene in the southeast part of Council Bluffs. Five sets of tracks have already been torn up and trackage pictured in foreground is slated for removal in…

Once loose, the rails and ties are lifted by a crane into a car. This scene is just east of Highway 375 overpass. The job is expected to take most of the summer to complete. Photos by Jack kennedy.

Since the Chicago Great Western Railroad has been taken over by the Chicago and North Western, the Great Western yards are now being stripped of rails and ties. A crew of seven college students and regular employes [sic] started to dismantle the…

Edward T. Reity, president of the Chicago Great Western Railway Company, accepts delivery of one of eight powerful new diesels the line is placing into service this month from R.L. Terrell (on left), vice president of General Motors and general…

New Caboose...being inspected by Louis Caparelli and Carl Cramer, is the "176" built in Council Bluffs by the Great Western Railroad and roundhouse crew.

New Facility...viewed from the trackside is the is the trackside is the Chicago Great Western Railroad's new combination deport, yard office and freight house. The passenger section is at left with glass entrance. Yard office facilities are at…

photo of bridge, taken on the bridge and looking straight across it
on back of photo:
file 12/88
Chicago Central & Pacific
Swing-span bridge
Missouri River west of CB

Photo of bridge from the side
On back of photo:
file 12/88
Chicago Central & Pacific
Swing-span bridge
Missouri River west of C.B.

photo of car approaching the Chicago and North Western Railway's crossing on Washboard Road.

A Car Crossing...the railroad on Washboard Road must be within 11 feet of the rail before the driver's line of sight is clear to the curve easy of the intersection.

Old No. 5...emerges through a cloud of swirling snow with its last string of passenger cards for Council Bluffs

Transmitting A List...of eastbound freight cars is Chief Clerk Odell Waffle, Route 4, and Asst. Supt. L.C. McDowell. Information is transmitted directly from punched cards.

Close-up phot of derailed railroad cars and damaged tracks.
On back of photo:
Train Crash

Fishtail evident in derailed cars of Overland Limited passenger train. Several hundred feet of train is damaged.

A photo of the interior of the Chicago and North Western's repair shop. On back of photo:
C&NW Repair shop
on Ave G
This is CB

Council Bluffs Changing Scene: Back in 1909, this is how the Chicago North Western Railroad Depot at 12 S. 12th St. and Broadway looked. The old picture, complete with steam engine and train in front of the platform is from an old postal card from…
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