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The Chicago Great Western Railway bought Three, 70′ McKeen Motor Cars, #1000, #1003 are known as I have seen photos of them, but the one in between is either #1001 or #1002.  I have seen a photo of all three McKeens as on train, but the numbers of those cars were illegible.

 

The Chicago Great Western Railway “Bluebird.” had 2 modified McKeen Cars, whereas two motor car had their pointed nose cut off and finished with a rounded front end like the back.

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The Chicago Great Western Railway McKeen Motor Car Train “Blue Bird” advertisement for “Railway Age” April 9, 1929, one year after a rebuild on all three cars.

This is the C.G.W.Ry. #1000, as the locomotive of the last photo.  This car now resides at the N.S.R.M., and was used to help restore the V&T McKeen Motor Car #22.

Here are some photos of the GCW#1000 at the N.S.R.M.

Photo Courtesy of Woody Kirkman

Photo Courtesy of Woody Kirkman

Photo Courtesy of Woody Kirkman

Photo Courtesy of Woody Kirkman

Photo Courtesy of Woody Kirkman

Courtesy of Don Ross, Don’s Railroad Page
Chicago Great Western Railway motor car #1000,  after 1928, and before 1950 when it was scraped.

Photo Courtesy of Terry Shaw

#1000 before 1928 whereas it has it’s original pointed nose and truck.

Circa 1918 to 1928 rebuilt with an EMC/Winton 600HP Distillate engine.

Unknown C.G.W. McKeen Car and McKeen Trailer Car at Eagle Grove, Ia.

Photo Courtesy of Don Vaughn

A late photo of #1000 being used as a switcher engine in the Winona yards before being sold to the Kettle Moraine Railway in 1964.

Photo Courtesy of Don Vaughn

Here is a photo of #1001 sitting around after being used in the Blue Bird Train set.

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