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An Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the C&NW and its predecessor roads since 1973.

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C&NWHS Archives Building

With great pride the C&NWHS would like to announce that the agreement to locate our permanent archives building at Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) has been completed and signed!  This project has been years in the making and is the first step in completing the new home of the C&NWHS Archives that will provide a great future for the educational activities and preservation of the C&NW and associated roads. Construction of the building is the next step and while we don’t…

North Western Newsliner

With the release of issue 2020:4 of North Western Lines, the first installment of 75 Years Ago – North Western Newsliner, has been added online, starting with the November and December 1945 issues of the employee magazine. As upcoming issues of North Western Lines are published, the corresponding employee magazines from 75 years prior will be available for view on our website.

ReRail 2021

Our virtual swap meet has begun with various items on sale and the offering of many HO models thanks to a donation by Richard Lenzer. See our Sales Page for more details!