Elevators and Feed Mills

Along Old Lincoln Highway in Ames, Nebraska - January 2009

I enjoy photographing grain elevators and feed mills as they come in all shapes and sizes, are generally serviced by the railroad, and are vital to the local and national economy and food supply. Plus, growing up in Nebraska I saw a lot of them riding in the back seat of my parents’ car. If […]

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Following Minnesota Commercial from White Bear Lake to Hugo

This is video from three separate runs of Minnesota Commercial along the Hugo line in June of 2010. This particular portion of the line starts at M&D Junction just south of Hwy 96 and Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It then goes as far north as Hugo where it serves a construction company […]

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Video of Griswold Signals at 22nd Ave NE

Griswold rotating banner signal at 22nd St NE in Minneapolis

This is related to my previous post about the dentist office trip yielding a rare find. While snapping a few pics I also captured some video of the area for later reference. This is the second location explore video in what seems to be the start of a series. In the video: A view of […]

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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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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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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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