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C&NW EMD E7A No. 5015A with the Kate Shelly 400 in DeKalb, Illinois on December 28, 1964.  Photo by Roger Puta.

C&NW EMD E7A No. 5015A with the Kate Shelly 400 in DeKalb, Illinois on December 28, 1964.
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The Kate Shelley 400

The Kate Shelley 400 was a short-lived streamlined passenger train operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway between Chicago, Illinois and Iowa. The train drew its name from the CNW's popular Twin Cities 400, so-named for making the 400-mile run from Chicago to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 400 minutes, and Kate Shelley, a young woman who in 1881 risked her life to save a passenger train from a washed-out bridge. The C&NW introduced the Kate Shelley to fill the void left by the Union Pacific Railroad's famed "City" streamliners, which had moved from the CNW's route to that of the Milwaukee Road. The Kate Shelley made its first run in October 1955. Initially it operated to Boone, Iowa, but this was cut back in 1956 to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and then again in 1957 to Clinton, Iowa, just across the Mississippi River. The CNW eventually dropped the name altogether, though the unnamed trains No. 1 and No. 2 continued running until the formation of Amtrak in 1971, when they were discontinued.

See also:

Kate Shelley

Twin Cities 400

Chicago and North Western Railway

Named Passenger Trains

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