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Near Union in McHenry County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific 37A

1961 E9A Diesel-Electric Cab Unit

 
 
Milwaukee Road 37A Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2010
1. Milwaukee Road 37A Marker
Inscription.
Along with long-distance passenger service from Chicago to Milwaukee, the Twin Cities, Omaha, and the Pacific Northwest, the Milwaukee Road also ran an extensive commuter service to Chicago's Western and Northern suburbs.

Electro-Motive's streamlined E-units, powered by two separate diesel engines, were the most successful diesel passenger locomotives. The Milwaukee Road had six "suburban" E9A's built with added "head-end power" diesel engines and 350 KW alternators for commuter car lighting. All six were later used by the North Suburban Mass Transit District and Metra.

Milwaukee Road 37A was donated to IRM by Metra, and arrived at Union in 1989. It is one of five E-units (one E5A, two E9A's, one E9B booster unit, and one modified E9AU executive unit) at IRM.

Builder: GM (Electro-Motive Div.)
Horsepower: 2400
Prime Mover: (2) 12 cylinder, 567C
Weight: 356,000 lbs
Axles/Motors: 6/4
Service: Passenger
 
Erected by Illinois Railway Museum.
 
Location. 42° 13.679′ N, 88° 31.586′ W. Marker is near Union, Illinois, in McHenry County. Click for map. Marker is on the unit, in Yard 5, on the grounds of the Illinois Railway Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7000 Olson Road, Union IL 60180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Milwaukee Road 37A and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2010
2. Milwaukee Road 37A and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. TCAX (Thrall Car Co.) 20306 (a few steps from this marker); Chicago and North Western 9933 (within shouting distance of this marker); Soo/Milwaukee Road X-5001 (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Pacific 18 (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Railroad Signals (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Cats (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroad Rails (about 300 feet away); Chicago Railways Company Date Stone (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Union.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Milwaukee Road Historical Association. (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Photos of MILW 37A. (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. IRM Grounds Map. (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 434 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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