In August of 1999 I caught Chicago and North Western #6934 and Union Pacific #6095 stopped at the Main Street crossing in Fremont, Nebraska, for a crew change.

The Union Pacific (UP) and Chicago and North Western (CNW) merger had already taken place 4 years earlier. CNW had operated track coming into town from the northeast joining the Union Pacific transcontinental route heading west. Chicago and North Western track heading out of town to the north as well as to the south had already been abandoned in the 1980s. The Fremont and Elkhorn Valley Railroad (FEVR) excursion train still operates on the former CNW track heading north out of town.

CNW #6934  is an SD40-2 built in 1976. It later became UP #3097. In one of the pictures you can see a close-up of the crossing bucks with reflectors embedded in the letters. That crossing signal has been replaced, but last year I spotted a similar one at a crossing to the west and one at the FEVR’s 23rd Street crossing.


About Chad Leigh Kluck

Originally from Nebraska, I am a history and railroad enthusiast currently living near Saint Paul, Minnesota. I enjoy trains, photography, and nostalgic memories, as well as the history of transportation, agriculture, eateries, breweries, and railroad towns. More...

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