The Fast Mail
The Chicago and North Western’s Fast Mail was considered one of the railroad’s fastest trains, operating on a hot schedule between Omaha and Chicago. Although the train carried passengers, its main purpose was to haul time-sensitive mail and express. The Fast Mail took on even more importance in late December, when the train would sometimes expand to twice its normal length to accommodate the large amount of Christmas mail and packages. Today’s train is entrusted to a Class E Pacific, known as a powerful and speedy locomotive that could reliably expedite important cargo to its destination.
            © Stewart S. Buck