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Chicago Area Get Together

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2021 3:00pm to 8:00pm

At the Normandy Banquets located at the American Legion Hall
310 W Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, Illinois


3:30PM A special presentation by your Archive Committee of material found in your archives followed
by an update on the progress of the Archives Building at the Illinois Railway Museum

6:30PM Mark Llanuza will be presenting a multi-media extravaganza about the C&NW

See the form for more information and to register.

NWL 2021:1

The current issue of North Western Lines is now being mailed to members.  Another great issue that includes:

Mike Lenzen’s St. James, A Railroad History

Part 3; Jim Lewnard’s research on C&NW Café-Coach 7000

A North Woods Station Agent’s Life story by Craig Pfannkuche & Michelle Giuliano

C&NW Stories by Doug De Berg; North Western News; What do You Know?

Our annual Thank You listing our 2020 Contributing and “400 Club” members

And 75 Years Ago – North Western Newsliner.  The three corresponding issues are available now for viewing.

If you are not a member, you will want to join the Chicago & North Western Historical Society to make sure you don’t miss out on the great stories and research about the world’s greatest granger railroad and associated roads!  To join on-line, go to our website at and click on the membership button.  Sign up today!

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 have a timeframe for that yet, we will provide updates as activities get underway.

Thank you for your continued support of the largest project the society has undertaken!

Store: Timetables & Track Charts

We have added some surplus timetables and track charts to the CNWHS Store. The timetables are a mix of Employee, Passenger, System, & Suburban from various years. The track charts are all from April 3, 1995 and the final printing the by the CNW. All are originals, unless noted, some of the timetable covers have marks or stains. If you are looking to add to your collection, maybe we have something you are looking for!

If you purchase $35 worth of timetables, you’ll get $5 off. Purchase $100, get $10 off.

Additionally we have added a few models that had been going to train shows.