Photos and Videos

As an amateur photographer and videographer, I’ve captured many images that give a look into history and railroading. Much of the subject matter takes place around the Platte River Valley in Eastern Nebraska as well as the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area and surrounding communities.

Hotel Pathfinder through my grandparents’ camera lens – 36 years ago

Firefighters battle the fire in Hotel Pathfinder

The Hotel Pathfinder explosion occurred 36 years ago, on January 10, 1976. Last year I added some information about that tragic day in Fremont (Nebraska) history. This past year I acquired my grandparents’ collection of photos taken that day which I had mentioned in the 2011 post. I have no more text to add from […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Brunswick Hotel and Restaurant building in Fremont, Nebraska

Just a block west from where the original street corner at 1st and D was plotted in Fremont, Nebraska, stands a building which for many years was a welcome sight to travelers who journeyed into the area by rail or along the Lincoln Highway. Though it has been a long time since it gave weary […]