Milwaukee Road Hiawatha Cedar Rapids Skytop Observation Parlor Lounge Car

Milwaukee Road Hiawatha Cedar Rapids Skytop Observation Parlor Lounge Car parked in the Amtrak yard in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This is the view of the back end.

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 […]


Original Grain Belt Brewery along Broadway in Minneapolis

Original Grain Belt Brewery in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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. […]


Great shot of a Union Pacific train

Union Pacific 7146 leads an eastbound coal train through Fremont, Nebraska on September 2, 2011.

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 […]


Expect live tweets as I tour my boyhood town

I can honestly say I ate at a Woolworth's lunch counter as a kid when it occupied this location in the 1980s

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 […]


History and Nostalgia at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

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 […]


Old CNW sighting and BNSF scheme – Notes From Nebraska

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 […]


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