Welcome back to Legacies…On The Rails!
With my Paternal Grandfather John Losh whose namesake I am and his brother Leonard Losh both having been career men with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, in honor of that fact, one of the railroad related Facebook pages I created is Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route).
This year, I began inviting participants in that page to share their own Q stories, or the stories of friends or family members that worked for the CB&Q, and giving me permission to also share them here on the blog.
Here are some recent stories that have been graciously shared and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to these fine folks for their willingness to share on the Facebook page and allow me to also share them here as well. I plan to make CB&Q In Focus a regular feature here on Legacies…On The Rails first in 2017 and beyond, as part of my strategy to get more consistent and creative with the blog after only doing 4 postings total in 2016. I plan to join the Burlington Route Historical Society this year so hopefully, that will lead to many, many more stories to share both here and on Legacies…On The Rails Radio (Podcast) in the future!
From Joel Stirek:
I grew up on the C B & Q. I lived a mile or so south just off Cass and 63rd. I went to Maercker Grade School btw. I used to ride my bike into Westmont, get some penny candy at the Ben Franklin, and sit in the shelter on the North side of the track watching trains. I loved exploring on my bike and always knew where I was by watching where the tracks were going. I loved watching the freight cars go by with all the railroad adverts, especially from far off destinations. Many more memories and thank you!
From Earl Mc:
I too grew up with the Q. Lived in North Berwyn and would ride the bicycle down to the Q to watch trains. One time in the afternoon I was going to go shopping for my mom at the National Food Store on Oak Park Avenue across from MacNeal Hospital. When I got to the intersection of Oak Park and Stanley Ave which ran parrellel to the tracks on the north side, the gates came down. I could hear the Zephyr coming from the east. I wanted to get a better look so I started to ride my bike across Stanley. I was between a car and the curb. Well the car turned right and I flew over the hood of the car into the middle of the intersection. I was dazed but saw the observation car go by! I got to the side of the street as the gates went up. Had to straighten the baskets on the bike before I could load up the groceries. Mom and dad never did find out about that adventure.
I am always looking for great sites with CB&Q material and as my wife and I took tomorrow off for my 48th Birthday (really, I’m just 29 for the 18th time) and were thinking of a Day Trip for some rail-fanning and thought about St Joseph, Mo and I started researching its railroad connections, found this site:
http://www.stjosephmemorylane.com/railroads/railroads.html . It has tons of CB&Q pics and information, from equipment to Depots, Administrative Offices and more! The very first pic you see is of the CB&Q Silver Charger. It has a list of St Joe related railroad lines including:
Chicago & Great Western
Chicago & Northwestern
Chicag0, Rock Island & Pacific
Hannibal & St Joseph
Kansas City, Clay County & St Joseph
Northeast Kansas & Missouri
St Joseph Belt (owned by Mo-Pac)
St Joseph & Denver City
St Joseph & Grand Island
St Joseph & Savannah Electric
St Joseph Short Line
St Joseph Terminal
St Joseph & Western
It has lots of great pics and other items related to many of the other railroads in that list.
I encourage you to go check out the site. I plan to email the site owner and see if I can get him to share about the site’s origins.
If you have not checked out my page Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route), won’t yo do so and send me a Member Request soon?
And until next time, this is John Losh “The Losh-Man“, encouraging you to continue to follow the Lord Jesus Christ every day of your life, and when it comes to trains, Continue Leaving Legacies…On The Rails!