|The Sioux route|
The Sioux was a named passenger train of the Milwaukee Road that operated between Chicago, Madison, Wisconsin, and Rapid City, South Dakota, via Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and northern Iowa. The train, #11, westbound, and #22, eastbound, operated coaches, dining cars and sleeping cars through most of its history.
In the latter years of the 1950s, the Sioux operated a non-stop service between Chicago's Union Station and Madison, Wisconsin. On that route the train included a dining car serving breakfast, and a first-class parlor car. West of Madison the train carried a sleeping car and coaches. West of Madison it also operated as a mail train, making frequent stops. The train crossed the Mississippi River on the Pile–Pontoon Railroad Bridge.
On October 1, 1951, the train was cut back to a Chicago to Canton, South Dakota, service with prepaid taxi connections to nearby Sioux Falls. In 1960 the train was further cut back to a Chicago to Madison coach service. The train ceased operation on May 1, 1971, when Amtrak assumed responsibility for providing a national rail service.
- Milwaukee Road (1970-02-01). Madison Train Service timetable.
- Dorin (1978) p.30
- Dorin, Patric C. (1978). Milwaukee Road East. Burbank, California: Superior Publishing Company. pp. 29–30. ISBN 0-87564-702-2. LCCN 78003834.
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