I remember Reading somewhere that the CB&Q wanted UP Cities Trains after they were pulled off C&NW why is that and why didn't they get them?
Gilbert B Norman wrote:The Q was not likely the first choice for the Union Pacific to host their "City" trains, even if they had the most passenger-ready line. This was simply becausethe Q hosted both the Cal and Denver Zephyrs; handling the competitive "Cities" could mean UP would be beholden to the Q much as Amtrak is to the host roads today.Why didn't the UP give it to the Rock. Also I think the UP Trains would of just been pulled off the Q.
The Rock Island could have been a choice with probably the most potential for on-line business at both Iowa City and Des Moines.
But they went with my road, the MILW - and they got what could have been expected "two rails in the mud" and a line that also missed most population centers.
The change was done with a high degree of secrecy, but TRAINS did chronicle the change over quite well. It was indeed a coup for the MILW during 1955 to host these "corporate symbols'.