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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Minnesota Commercial Railroad Midway Yard in St. Paul – Video

This is video from around 8am Tuesday, August 10, 2010, taken from the Pierce Butler bridge overlooking the Minnesota Commercial (MNNR) Midway yard. There are walking platforms on both sides of the bridge. I had just missed the Amtrak. We start by looking west towards the hazy Minneapolis skyline and then panning over the north […]

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Rail Stamps

While exploring the remnants of the Skally in Maplewood, Minnesota, back in June (watch video on YouTube), I was able to examine some track up close. I always try to find dates on items and was not totally surprised to find the rails marked with number codes, the name Lackawanna, and the year 1937. A […]

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Ghost Tracks in White Bear

On an outing this summer trying to capture pictures of the old White Bear Boat Works (Johnson Boat Works) I came across a startling discovery: Ghost Tracks. While exploring the pedestrian path that crosses the ex-Northern Pacific Skally Line (now run by Minnesota Commercial Railroad) I noticed the path didn’t cross just one, but two […]

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June flowers along the Skally

According to the Hesperis matronalis (Dame’s Rocket) entry on Minnesota Wildflowers, this flower blooms in late spring and are short lived. Driving past today I noticed the blooms were all gone and the area now looks very green and boring.

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Video Tour: Northern Pacific Skally Line at Mile Post 7

I’ve really taken to my Flip video camera and started capturing location shots where I walk around an area filming video giving a short tour with annotations. This can be done in about 30 minutes and, if I am careful about my shots, it requires little editing. I’m getting better with steadying my hand and […]

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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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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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