It’s an impressively long name for an equally impressive car. Built in 1948 for the Milwaukee Road, the Cedar Rapids was an observation car placed on the end of trains allowing passengers spectacular views of scenery the train was leaving behind. The Milwaukee Road operated several passenger service routes referred to as the Hiawatha, named […]
From Grant, my Nebraska correspondent: The latest article I read said that they will be double tracking the line from Fremont to Missouri valley. The track work, except for the bridges will all be done by 2014. The Elkhorn and Missouri river bridges will take longer. I don’t know when they will actually start on […]
Grant, my Nebraska correspondent, was able to come up for a visit a few weekends ago. On his list of places to tour were the Bruce Vento Trail along the old Hamm’s Brewery in Saint Paul, the original Grain Belt Brewery in Minneapolis, and the Grain Belt sign along the Mississippi near the warehouse district. […]
When out train spotting with Grant I snapped a pic of an ex-CNW nose, and a nice Twin Cities and Western heading across the Mississippi.
I was going through my photos from my Fremont trip when I came across this great shot of a coal train I took from the Broad Street viaduct. I got the perfect frame, angle, light and focus on this one. I didn’t have to run it through any crops or edits. Leading the eastbound coal […]
Beginning Wednesday, August 31, 2011, I will be live tweeting over on @k0rrx as I tour my old stomping grounds. It is an emotional occasion for me as my boyhood home has been sold, closing a chapter of my life. Though I will revisit the area as I still have family there, this will be […]
The Minnesota State Fair starts today and besides sampling as much food as my body can take, I always try to make it to Heritage Square to see the museum, and Machinery Hill to watch, listen, and smell the old tractors. Heritage Square is a must see as it has railroad cars, signals, old buildings […]
From Grant, my Nebraska correspondent, back on May 30th of this year (yes, I’m a little behind): GRANT: One my way home from work Wednesday, I got to see another red/silver Santa Fe engine North of Fremont as well as a dark green, red and cream BNSF. I also got to see the Union Pacific […]