Sharing the road

Typically, while my wife is away for an evening, my son will request that we “watch trains.” We have two ways of doing this, pulling out documentary VHS tapes highlighting the glory days of steam or trans-continental train rides, or going to YouTube. Last night he wanted YouTube–to which I happily agreed–and the first video […]

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Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad

Black Mesa and Lake Powell RR

Back in the summer of 1995 I was traveling with my family through the Navajo Reservation along Highway 160 in Arizona. We were making our way from the Grand Canyon towards the Four Corners before heading on to the Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde as part of an almost two week trip to the southwest. Somewhere […]

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Book: The Encyclopedia of Trains and Locomotives

Shortly after Christmas I was tipped off by a friend this book was in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble. I had a gift card to a sport shop in that vicinity so I quickly headed out, swung by B&N and was able to snatch up the last copy at that location. Written by […]

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Carpenter’s Steakhouse gone sooner than expected

Carpenter’s was located at 14559 Forest Boulevard North in downtown Hugo, Minnesota bordering Egg Lake and across from where the Hugo Depot once stood. It consisted of two sections, a main section built in 1891, and a dance hall was added in 1902. Joseph Carpenter founded a general store in the Village of Hugo in […]

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Crossing Safety and Fail-safe

A friend of mine recently asked, in response to the Railroad Crossing post, why unused crossings are labeled with EXEMPT instead of just being removed. It all goes back to fail-safe. First, the purpose of the exempt sign is to notify buses and semi-trucks they are not required to stop at the crossing as it […]

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Across the US and Canada, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be rolling into select cities. Check out the schedule online at the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train web site. It will be coming to St. Paul and the surrounding area Saturday, December 12. They accept food donations at the sites and provide entertainment. Train buffs […]

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Photosynth Part II: Why use and New Feature

Back in September I mentioned a photo stitching software called Photosynth. (Photosynth Part I, September 11, 2009). As a recap, Photosynth is very helpful when recreating a scene that you can “walk through.” However, it does take a little getting used to. Instead of going for the “money” shot, you end up canvasing an entire […]

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Songs about Trains

My last post about the MN Zephyr Railroad Crossings inspired Paul, my co-worker, to recommend train themed music on the Monday, November 16, 2009, episode of Career Talk on KUST. I went with the idea and here is our song list with a link to listen to the hour long episode: “Wreck of the Old […]

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