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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.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1989.
 
Location.
Milwaukee Road 37A and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2010
2. Milwaukee Road 37A and Marker
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42° 13.679′ N, 88° 31.586′ W. Marker is near Union, Illinois, in McHenry County. Marker is on the unit, in Yard 5, on the grounds of the Illinois Railway Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7000 Olson Road, Union IL 60180, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union.
 
Also see . . .
1. EMD E9 locomotive. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on November 2, 2020.) 

2. The Milwaukee Road Historical Association. Organization website (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Photos of MILW 37A. RR Picture Archive website entry (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

4. Illinois Railway Museum Grounds Map. Website entry (Submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 542 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 25, 2022