Trains and Railroads

Trains and railroads, past and present, are the main focus of this site. Of particular interest are those operating around the Platte River Valley in Eastern Nebraska as well as those serving Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and the surrounding area.

Tranquility in the train yard

Wow, there is nothing like walking under the stars across a train yard on a crisp winter’s night. I was alone among the old freight and passenger cars and I felt tranquility. The snow glistened under the yard lights, a clear sky revealed the stars and Venus who shined bright next to the cresent moon. […]


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 […]


Old CNW sighting and BNSF scheme – Notes From Nebraska

From Grant, my Nebraska correspondent, back on May 30th of this year (yes, I’m a little behind): GRANT: One my way home from work Wednesday, I got to see another red/silver Santa Fe engine North of Fremont as well as a dark green, red and cream BNSF. I also got to see the Union Pacific […]


Nebraska Central Railroad – Notes from Nebraska

Here’s a recent note from Grant Rosenthal, whom I consider to be my Nebraska correspondent: Have you ever checked out the Facebook page for the Nebraska Central Railroad?  If not, you should.  There are some neat pictures of them rebuilding the Norfolk bridge that collapsed last year. The Norfolk to Columbus line is still in […]