Our record, through the century, has been one of consistent Progress. North Western was the first Western Railway to operate trains by telegraph, and to operate sleeping cars.
North Western built the first railway postal car, in 1864, and operated the first dining-car service between Chicago and San Francisco. Ours was the first double track railway between Chicago and the Missouri River.
North Western was the first railway in the United States to organize a Safety First Department, and to make extensive use of Automatic Train Control, expending more than $3 million for this purpose.
MODEL “H” LOCOMOTIVE
Mighty Mobile of the Rails. See this new modern locomotive in contrast to the puffing little Pioneer, when you visit North Western Park immediately south of the Travel and Transport building at A Century of Progress. It’s a graphic example of transportation progress.
A FLEET OF FINE, FAST TRAINS
SAN FRANCISCO OVERLAND LIMITED
LOS ANGELES LIMITED
THE PORTLAND ROSE
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD THE COLUMBINE
NORTH WESTERN LIMITED
CORN KING LIMITED
THE DIRECT ROUTE TO ALL POINTS
IN THE WEST AND NORTHWEST
Glance at the map above. Trace the course of the North Western Line. See how completely it dominates a great area. But it takes more than rails to make a powerful railway dominion.
We have invested multiplied millions in equipment to ably aid the people of this region, who have come to look upon the familiar North Western insignia as a symbol of progressive and dependable service.
For travel information apply to any ticket agent or address
Passenger Traffic Manager
400 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.
CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN LINE
Ced described seeing Buckingham Fountain and I just read a reference to it in a recent book, so I went searching. Here’s a link to Wikipedia to find out more about it.
The Adler Planetarium still exists and here is a link in Wikipedia to find out more.
If you enjoyed this information about the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair, why not share it with a friend?
Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written in early 1042. The nation is gearing up for war and that included drafting young men and women for the cause. Dan is the first of Grandpa’s sons to join the Army and Lad’s situation in tenuous.
My father’s daily commute for many years was on the Chicago and Northwestern railway. My mother, brother and I once rode a train of theirs to northern Wisconsin, in a Pullman sleeping car.
Nemorino, That Railroad Company sure covered the Northwest portion of the country quite well. I have also travelled by Pullman, from Chicago to Oakland, CA (3 days) on the California Zephyr. A very beautiful and memorable trip. It was at the end of my Junior year of college and my parents, Lad and Marian, had moved to California the previous summer. I had flown out for Christmas but decided to take a more scenic route that time. I saw so much of the beauty and grandeur of this wonderful country.
I also once took the Zephyr to California but got off at Berkeley, one stop before Oakland. This was an earlier version of the Zephyr, pre-Amtrak, that ran on a somewhat different route.
That map, by the way, gives a highly exaggerated impression of the C&NW in the 1930s. The caption reads, correctly, “Map of Chicago and Northwestern Line and connections to the Pacific Coast”. About 2/3 of the lines shown were “connections” that belonged to other companies such as the Union Pacific, the Great Northern, the Canadian Pacific, etc.
Nemorino – Why am I not surprised about this? That company was not the first to exaggerate in advertising. Thanks for the information.