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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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New CNWHS Model – CNW 4202 50 FT PS-1

This HO scale car, specifically produced by Kadee for the Chicago & North Western Historical Society, represents a 50 ft Pullman Standard PS-1 boxcar delivered to the C&NW September 30, 1955. This car remained on the roster, in this paint scheme, until its retirement on August 23, 1989. Only 1 number available.

Online Store – Digital Downloads

Along with a new website, has come a new online CNWHS Company Store. While the store look is cleaner, more modern, and more user friendly, it also boasts the first new major feature of our updated website – digital downloads. Now when certain products we offer which are digital in form, they can be acquired directly through our website by downloading them to your computer. No more waiting for a CD to arrive! You can still purchase these products on…

CNWHS Website Updated!

If you are reading this, you are viewing the latest, and much needed refresh of the CNWHS website. While our old site served us well for many years, it was very out of date in web-years, think steam locomotive handling mainline freight daily today, in 2020! Our new site is now ready for 2020 and beyond. It uses the popular WordPress platform which will allow us to maintain and regularly update the site going forward, as well as provide a…