The Chicago & North Western Historical Society was founded in 1973 by a group of Midwestern railfans interested in the C&NW, its predecessors, and merged lines. These include the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha; Minneapolis & St. Louis; Chicago Great Western; Litchfield & Madison; Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern; and Des Moines & Central Iowa.
The Society's purpose is to collect, circulate and preserve the history of the C&NW, its predecessors and merged lines; to create and publish a newsletter or magazine; and promote fellowship among C&NW fans and Society members.
It is a not-for-profit corporation chartered in the state of Illinois and is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.
North Western Lines is a quarterly publication which began in early 1974 as a seven page mimeograph issue totaling 85 copies. Today it is published by the Society as one of the premier historical publications. Each issue contains current news, feature articles, rosters, schedules, technical information, and modeling articles. Members are encouraged to participate by writing articles and submitting photographs.
Each issue of North Western Lines contains a regular column "C&NW Happenings" which reports current news events on all lines of the former C&NW and merged companies.
The annual convention is held each year on the third weekend in May. Located somewhere in the Midwest on the C&NW's system, this gathering consists of a business and general meeting. These meetings are further enhanced by fan trips, tours, clinics, slide shows, movies, modeling and photos, a dinner and speaker and swap meet.
For more information, please visit www.cnwhs.org