Book: Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America

A friend turned me towards the Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America (published by SPV) as a resource to help me with finding old railroad lines and reconstructing them on Google Maps (see RR-XING Google Map project).  He loaned me the Dakota’s and Minnesota atlas and I was impressed. I actually ended up ordering both […]

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Book: Railroad Signaling

I’m very interested in railroad signaling so I bought the book Railroad Signaling by Brian Solomon (MBI Publishing). For anyone, this will be a great source of information to learn the history of signaling, how it evolved, and how it is used today. Because of the explanation of the evolution, this book is useful for […]

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New Locomotive in Town, well new to the neighborhood

There is a new locomotive in town, delivered this week to the old Nor Lakes building in Hugo, MN. Over the last few weeks many tanker cars have been delivered to the location by MN Commercial. Nor Lakes usually took in just a few a week but vacated months ago. Now the tankers are back […]

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RRXING on Google Maps

I’ve started creating a Google Map with pin points and old track routes. The USGS maps have been instrumental. RRXING on Google Maps

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U.S. Geological Survey Web Site

I was reading Realistic Model Railroad Building Blocks the other day and the author, Tony Koester, suggests using Sanborn fire insurance maps and U.S. Geological Survey maps as a point of reference when researching track alignments and the layout of rail yards. The purpose of this is to make you aware of real world designs of tracks, junctions, […]

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2008 Republican National Convention Brought Many Special Cars to St. Paul

Closer look at the business car.

While avoiding the route through downtown St. Paul during the Republican National Convention, I drove past the Amtrak station and saw a few private cars in addition to those that are usually housed there. The most notable private car was the Patrón Tequila Express business car. Built in 1926 it was used by the Gulf […]

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Pictures of Fremont, Nebraska

I have uploaded all of my pictures of Fremont, Nebraska, in the rrpics gallery. There are three main dates that I took pictures, 1999, August 2000, and August 2006. There were quite a few changes by time I took the last set of pictures. I’m now working on getting some of the structures in my wiki at […]

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Westminster Junction

A companion and I were able to take some time to visit Westminster Junction in St. Paul, Minnesota. What is unique about Westminster Junction is that it is one of the only places (or maybe the only place) in Minnesota where train tunnels exist. They were put in to help aide in traffic management of […]

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