Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Log of the Hiawatha, February 2, 1939

Here's a speed/timing log of a run of the Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha in early 1939. The Hudson F-7 locomotive must have been brand-new at the time. I'd like to find a log of a Morning Hiawatha run from 1940 or 1941, since they apparently went a bit faster following track upgrades (the Milwaukee worked on their construction methods and eventually set up 1-degree curves with 3½ inches of superelevation and ran trains over them at 100 mph). This appears to be an afternoon trip, and was scheduled to take 6h30 from Chicago to St. Paul. I believe the fastest schedule ever made for that portion of the trip was 6h15.

Oh, before I get to the main thing, here's a summary of the segments people may be interested in:

Scheduled trip time

ChicagoMilwaukeeSt. PaulMinneapolis
Chicago1:156:307:00
Milwaukee
5:155:45
St. Paul

0:30
Minneapolis



Recorded trip time

ChicagoMilwaukeeSt. PaulMinneapolis
Chicago1:12:456:31:406:57:02
Milwaukee
5:18:555:44:17
St. Paul

0:25:22
Minneapolis



The only stations served by the train were Chicago, Milwaukee, Portage, New Lisbon, La Crosse, Winona, Red Wing, St. Paul (Union Depot), and Minneapolis—a total of 9. An extra brief stop occurred when the train encountered a red signal, apparently due to a broken piece of track. The temperature in Minneapolis was "several degrees below zero [Fahrenheit]" upon arrival.

In contrast, the Empire Builder's stations are Chicago, Glenview, Milwaukee, Columbus, Portage, Wisconsin Dells, Tomah, La Crosse, Winona, Red Wing, and St. Paul (Midway)—a total of 11.  Midway station is located at roughly the same distance from Chicago as Merriam Park.

Nine streamlined cars, approximately 430 tons; Hudson-type (F-7) engine No. 100, tractive effort 50,300 lbs., 84-inch drivers, 23½ x 30-inch cylinders, boiler pressure 300 lbs. Engineer W. E. Stephens, Chicago-Milwaukee; Engineer H. B. Knowlton, Milwaukee-La Crosse; Engineer A. C. Hoard, La Crosse-Minneapolis.

Miles
StationsSpeedsTimeSchedule
0.0Lv.Chicago
1:00:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
2.9PassWestern Avenue301:08:09
5.4
Pacific Junction521:11:581:09
6.4
Healy521:12:58
8.2
Grayland521:15:10
9.0
Mayfair491:16:19
10.2
Forest Glen671:17:41
11.6
Edgebrook731:19:00
14.3
Morton Grove851:21:08
16.2
Golf871:22:19
17.4
Glenview901:23:09
20.2
Techny921:25:07
20.3
Tower A-20921:25:121:22
20.9
Northbrook93, 90 curve1:25:37
23.9
Deerfield901:27:34
28.0
West Lake Forest96, 98, 82 curve1:30:03
32.3
Rondout801:32:511:30
36.8
Wilson921:36:08
38.6
Gurnee100, 90 curve1:37:15
42.9
Wadsworth93, 86 upgrade1:39:521:37
47.0
Russell86, 80 curve1:42:44
51.6
Ranney801:46:001:43
52.6
Truesdell841:46:44
57.5
Somers941:50:00
61.8
Sturtevant891:52:471:50
66.0
Franksville931:55:31
68.1
Tower A-68931:56:541:54
69.4
Caledonia95, 1001:57:41
72.8
Oakwood97, 981:59:46
77.9
Lake95, 100, 71 curve2:02:572:00
80.3
Powerton71, 60 curve, 402:04:46
83.9
Washington Street312:08:522:09
85.0Ar.Milwaukee
2:12:452:15

Lv.Milwaukee
2:19:182:17
87.0PassMilwaukee Shops39, 442:23:33
88.2
Grand Avenue34, 47, 442:25:19
90.4
Wauwatosa472:28:27
94.9
Elm Grove68, 70, 59 curve2:33:13
99.2
Brookfield75, 842:37:152:34
101.9
Duplainville802:39:11
105.3
Pewaukee91, 68 curve2:41:41
109.9
Hartland70, 822:44:582:43
112.6
Nashotah762:47:05
114.8
Okauchee872:48:40
117.8
Oconomowoc90, 86, 902:50:392:48
123.5
Ixonia88, 952:54:31
131.0
Watertown333:00:102:58
135.3
Richwood81, 88, 77 curve, 8[?]3:04:51
140.6
Reeseville713:08:49
145.9
Astico90, 923:12:44
149.7
Columbus913:15:15
153.3
Fall River86, 70 curve3:24:073:24
159.1
Doylestown853:22:15
162.5
East Rio91, 70 curve3:24:073:24
163.9
Rio76, 67 curve3:25:37
168.9
Wyocena90, 923:29:36
176.7
Portage Junction503:35:10
177.9Ar.Portage
3:37:243:38

Lv.Portage
3:41:043:41
186.7PassLewiston903:49:53
188.5
Cheney92, 70 curve3:51:05
194.8
Wisconsin Dells653:55:50
203.4
Lyndon99, 100, 89, 984:02:22
214.0
Mauston88, 894:09:06
221.0Ar.New Lisbon
4:15:20

Lv.New Lisbon844:17:404:18
227.0PassCamp Douglas59, 914:24:10
233.3
Oakdale90, 93, 91, 934:29:00
239.8
Tomah88, 31 switches4:33:18
243.2
Tunnel City34, 45 tunnel4:36:244:36
245.9
Raymore74, 934:39:44
251.4
Camp McCoy91, 954:44:00
256.2
Sparta88, 904:46:414:46
262.8
Rockland904:51:13
266.4
Bangor90 until slowing4:53:55
271.0
West Salem80, 904:56:49
278.0
Medary47, 575:02:155:04
279.6
Grand Crossing405:04:08
280.8Ar.La Crosse
5:07:355:09

Lv.La Crosse475:14:285:14
281.2PassWest Wye Switch25, 485:16:15
282.8
Bridge Switch39, 535:18:58
284.1
River Junction36, 705:20:42
288.2
Dresbach725:24:46
289.9
Dakota715:26:16
293.7
Donehower735:29:31
298.5
Lamoille74, 715:33:31
303.1
Homer745:37:19
305.4
CGW Crossing605:39:28
307.5Ar.Winona
5:42:36

Lv.Winona
5:44:285:45
309.4PassTower CK455:48:35
313.6
Minnesota City67, 695:52:47
323.7
Minneiska716:01:38
326.9
Weaver71, 806:04:22
334.4
Kellogg71, 80, 706:10:24
340.5
Wabasha626:15:33
342.4
Reads Landing69, 706:17:19
353.0
Lake City69, 80, 706:26:42
359.3
Frontenac77, 82, 60 curve, 736:31:51
369.9Ar.Red Wing
6:41:40

Lv.Red Wing
6:42:406:43
372.0PassIsland Siding716:45:45

Ar.Red Signal Indication
6:51:30

Lv.Red Signal Indication
6:51:55

Rearof train over broken rail89, 806:55:20
384.5PassBlackbird Junction857:02:40
390.3
Hastings40, 35 bridge7:06:586:59
391.5
St. Croix Tower31, 60, 807:08:43
403.4
Newport59, 807:20:207:15
407.9
Oakland607:24:12
408.9
St. Paul Yard70, 50 until Xing7:25:16
411.5Ar.St. Paul
7:31:407:30

Lv.St. Paul
7:34:007:33
412.4PassChestnut Street307:37:157:35
413.3
Fordson Junction38, 45, 487:38:537:37
417.3
Merriam Park487:45:007:44
418.7
Tower G50, 227:47:187:47
420.5
South Minneapolis277:50:267:50
422.4Ar.Minneapolis
7:57:028:00
NOTE: Speeds as shown represent speed at station, occasionally on slow order curves, and maximum and minimum between stations.

2 comments:

  1. Every time I see this I am amazed. Especially when compared to Amtrak of today on this route that never exceeds 79 mph. Both my mom and dad as kids lived near Edgebrook on the north edge of Chicago and their parents would often take them to watch the southbound train come by early evening at 100 mph. These were the fastest steam schedules in the world.

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  2. Every time I see this I am amazed. Especially when compared to Amtrak of today on this route that never exceeds 79 mph. Both my mom and dad as kids lived near Edgebrook on the north edge of Chicago and their parents would often take them to watch the southbound train come by early evening at 100 mph. These were the fastest steam schedules in the world.

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