Friday, September 30, 2011

early Milwaukee Road electric locomotive, Cascade Mountains, Washington

The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, better known as The Milwaukee Road, was a pioneer of mainline railway electrification in North America.  Its initial experiments on mountainous sections in Montana were followed by extensive electrification on its mountainous sections generally in the 1910s and 1920s.

Trains 15 and 16, the Olympian ran from 1911 to 1961 and the route traversed the Milwaukee Road mainline from Chicago, Illinois west to Seattle/Tacoma, Washington.  This General Electric issued postcard, undated, shows a GE locomotive in the Cascade Mountains with an Olympian.

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