Old Crossing Signs

On a recent trip to Stillwater, Minnesota, I was taking the shortcut down McKusick and noticed, to my dismay, the new “Exempt” signs attached to the crossings of the Minnesota Zephyr. I had known that they had closed shop this year, but maybe I wished to ignore the truth. Well, this sign, no pun intended, […]

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Naming of the Skally Line

The other day I received an E-mail referencing a previous post about the Skally Line (St. Paul and Duluth Skally Line – April 15, 2009). The sender was asking how the line was named. Up until this week I had found info about that line to be scarce. However, this week, after his question intrigued me, […]

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Photosynth Part I: A free and easy way to stitch your photos together (In 3D)

One thing I’ve learned about my many experiences at the Minnesota State Fair is that people love the word “free”. I’ve been on both ends, receiving rulers, pens, pencils, and other products emblazoned with the logo of a company I will never contact, and (for five years) handing out those famous University of St. Thomas Purple […]

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Interesting Switching

In my last post I mentioned blogging this time about a new program that helps organize photos three dimensionally. Well, June and July are my busiest months at work, which spills into my personal time, so needless to say I haven’t done all the research I would like before posting on such a topic. However, since it […]

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The Effects of Progress

Disclaimer: In this posting I am not taking a stance as to whether or not demolition of older buildings that have historical, community, or emotional value is right or wrong to make room for the new. When ever certain buildings are demolished there is always a hole or a wrong felt by one side of […]

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Picking Locations and an Era

When a soon to be model railroader sits down and starts to design his (or her) layout, he (or she) will start by picking out a location and time period. The number of locations a model railroader picks are of course dependent upon space. Even within the locations, one needs to choose certain structures and areas as […]

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Book: The Taylors Falls and Lake Superior Railroad

“Going up north” is a tradition that most Minnesotans hold dear.  Up north can pretty much be anywhere north of the Twin Cities where people go on the weekends to a cabin they own or rent on or near a lake. I’ve enjoyed going up north with my wife both to our honeymoon spot near […]

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St. Paul and Duluth Skally Line

Originally built by the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad to connect its namesake cities of St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota, the Skally Line defined the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad as it was their only main track. The main line ran north and south through towns like St. Paul, present day Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Hugo, […]

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