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BoxcabE50 Jan 10, 2006

  1. BoxcabE50

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    After Lines West was complete, and had begun operations, it did so under the name Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound Railway. This lasted four years. 1909-1912.

    Here are a couple of goodies from back then. Any CM&PS stuff is rare.

    Note that neither of the following show an office name. Which was the common practice back then. Although clearance cards did show the station name.

    This first was copied at East Portal, Montana. Next to the date, August 15, 1911, is shown "MSLA." Abbreviation for the location of the dispatchers office. Missoula. Headquarters of what was then the Missoula Division.

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    And this one was copied on November 10, 1912. Just a few weeks before the CM&PS RY was absorbed into the Chicago, Milwaukee & St.Paul Railway.

    The office was Rhame, North Dakota.

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  3. Kurt Moose

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    And that's before the electrics! Back when steam was the king!
     
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    Hey that was my 500 post! :cool: [​IMG]
     
  5. BoxcabE50

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    Yes. When sites such as Cle Elum, Malden. Alberton, etc., all had a operating roundhouse. When the Columbia and Missoula Divisions still existed. The hot freights were numbered 63/64. Before changed to 263/264. Before the Snoqualmie Pass tunnel was finished.

    *Sigh* When things were new. :( And there were plenty of years ahead....

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  6. BoxcabE50

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    Congratulations!

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  7. SDP45

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    Ken,
    Got any from the wilds of Washington?
     
  8. BoxcabE50

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    Dan-

    I have never seen a CM&PS train order from Washington. I wish!!!!!

    These two are the only known locations, aside from one more, in somebody else's collection, known to exist.

    I keep looking!!!

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  9. ak-milw

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    That first one has some fancy handwriting!!
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    A couple more from the collection. A 1912 annual pass, that also shows a pair of subsidiary companies:

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  11. BoxcabE50

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    A Loeffelholz brand switch key. These may be some of the easier items to find from the CM&PS. But will still cost you some $$$!

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  12. SDP45

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    You are a sick man to be showing off this stuff to those of us without!!
     
  13. BoxcabE50

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    I have heard of a couple fellows who collect CM&PS. And have a whole bunch of china, etc. Gotta have the $$$ to do that!

    :eek:mg:

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  14. Kurt Moose

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    Does anyone have, (or seen), any orders from Snoqualmie Pass, especially before the tunnel was built?
     
  15. BoxcabE50

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    None that I have ever learned about. Am always looking. Dreaming. Oldest stuff I know of, is 1920's from Cedar Falls.

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    Forgot I had this item. A brass baggage tag. Which would have been affixed to luggage bound for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From?

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    Another scrap of paper I found in a box. It's always interesting to read the dollar amounts charged back then. A consignor's receipt from 1911, for goods unloaded at Kittitas, Washington:

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  18. SDP45

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    I've noticed that handwriting from that time is a lot harder to read than it is now. What I mean is then it is more graceful and flowing. I have a book from 1889 with an inscription that is almost unreadable. Same style of handwriting.

    So, the charges were $1.92?
     
  19. BoxcabE50

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    Dan-

    The incoming freight charges, to be paid by consignor at receipt, were $1.92. The other items, where no amount shows, were prepaid by that shipper.

    Handwriting back then was beautiful. Flowing. They stressed penmanship in schools decades ago. Unlike today. I've many train orders examples, which are almost works of art to behold.

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  20. cmstpmark

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    There was an article I read a few years ago that lamented on the passing of quality handwriting. With keyboards now being used so often in communication there is a great risk that cursive will get worse. I was drilled in cursive until 5th Grade.

    I have a few MILW builders shots from the turn of the century with the car data hand written in chalk as it heads for the final paint work. Very beautiful and flowing. Things change. How many kids in 1900 could score 100,000,000 on Xbox?
     

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