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Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway


Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway

The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway or Omaha Road (reporting mark CMO) was a railroad in the U.S. states of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. It was incorporated in 1880 as a consolidation of the Chicago, St. Paul and Minneapolis Railway and the North Wisconsin Railway,.[1] The Chicago and North Western Railway (C&NW) gained control in 1882. The C&NW leased the Omaha Road in 1957 and merged the company into itself in 1972.[2]

At the end of 1956 CStPM&O operated 1616 miles of road and 2396 miles of track; that year it reported 2115 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 65 million passenger-miles.

Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway (CStPM&O) 4-4-0 locomotive #278

Disposition of lines

The following main lines were part of the Omaha Road:[3]

Division Notes
Eastern Division: Elroy, Wisconsin (junction with C&NW towards Chicago) to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota Now mostly part of the Union Pacific Railroad's Wyeville and Altoona Subdivisions
Northern Division: Northline (junction with Eastern Division towards Minneapolis-St. Paul) to Bayfield, Wisconsin Now abandoned
Eau Claire (Eastern Division) to Spooner, Wisconsin (Northern Division main line) Now a Union Pacific Railroad branch line south of Cameron Between Spooner and Trego, Wisconsin is used by the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad.
Trego, Wisconsin (Northern Division main line) to Duluth, Minnesota Now abandoned, known as the Wild Rivers Trail
St. Paul and Sioux City Division: Minneapolis-St. Paul to Sioux City, Iowa Now the Union Pacific Railroad's Mankato and Worthington Subdivisions
Mitchell, South Dakota Now the Minnesota Southern Railway east of Manley
Nebraska Division: Sioux City to Omaha, Nebraska Now abandoned
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway


  1. ^ Interstate Commerce Commission, Valuation Docket No. 549: Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company, 1928
  2. ^ Chicago & North Western Historical Society, Chicago St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha - A Capsule History
  3. ^ P. F. Collier and Son, New World Atlas and Gazetteer, 1922: Chicago and North Western Railway
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