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The May 1951 Ottumwa and Creston Division Employee Timetable
shows that CB&Q Train 74 (labeled Daily except Sunday Meat)
was scheduled to leave Ottumwa at 5:45 pm and arrive Galesburg at
9:45 pm. There was no equivalent scheduled train westbound. I
suspect extras brought back empty reefers to Ottumwa to balance
power. Whether the eastbound train carried anything but meat I do
The South Omaha Daily Meat (symboled LC) left Council Bluffs Yard
at 4:30 pm, arrived Ottumwa 1:45 am and departed 2:00 am, and
arrived Galesburg at 5:30 am.
The March 1952 Galesburg Division Employee Timetable showed Train
70 (Daily Meat) departing Galesburg at 7:00 am arriving Peoria at
9:15 am. It's counterpart appears to be Train 91 (Daily
Merchandise) which left Peoria at 11:00 am and arrived Galesburg
The September 1951 Chicago and Aurora Division Employee Timetable
shows Train LC (Daily Omaha Kansas City St. Joe Meat) departing
Galesburg 8:00 am, arriving Congress Park 1:00 pm (to make set out
for IHB) and then arrives Clyde 1:30 pm.
The Ottumwa Meat had it's own train on this division. Train 74A
(Daily Ottumwa Meat) departed Galesburg at 11:30 pm, arriving
Congress Park at 3:45 am (to make set out for IHB) and then
arrives Clyde at 4:15 pm.
On the Chicago and Aurora Division, there were eight scheduled
eastbounds and and six scheduled westbounds. So it is hard to
match trains up.
On 4/8/2020 5:36 PM, Nelson Moyer
How many cars per
train on average, and were trains dispatched both the East
and West on different days? Were they solid blocks of
Morrell cars? Where they strictly meat trains or did they
include other freight or livestock? I knew about the Morrell
plant in Ottumwa, and I’d like to model the Morrell train
through Burlington on the way to Galesburg and points East.
The Morrell meat traffic was important enough to the CB&Q
that for a number of years the president of Morrell was on the
CB&Q Board of Directors. The Q originated a train at
Ottumwa IA each weekday afternoon just for the Morrell
traffic. As Doug knows, Morrell slaughtered cattle, hogs and
sheep in Ottumwa.
On 4/8/2020 10:30 AM, Douglas Harding
Plate handled a lot of meat because it was a fast route.
Meat was time sensitive and the meat packers wanted
their products delivered as quickly as possible. Out of
Omaha, meat packers could choose between six different
railroads to get to Omaha. All roads were given meat
traffic, with each road having a specific day when they
go the majority of traffic. As rates were regulated,
this was how the packers kept the railroads on their
toes with demands for speed. The Illinois Central was
the preferred route as the IC moved the meat faster than
others. The CBQ had the option of going to Peoria for
eastern connections instead of Chicago. East out of
Chicago, the NKP was the preferred routing for meat
going to NYC or New England.
I am not as
well versed in meat traffic east of Chicago. Attached is
a spreadsheet prepared by John Greedy and Jim Singer,
which shows the meat traffic east of Chicago on various
roads in the 50s.