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. […]
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.
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 […]
From Grant, my Nebraska correspondent: The latest article I read said that they will be double tracking the line from Fremont to Missouri valley. The track work, except for the bridges will all be done by 2014. The Elkhorn and Missouri river bridges will take longer. I don’t know when they will actually start on […]
When out train spotting with Grant I snapped a pic of an ex-CNW nose, and a nice Twin Cities and Western heading across the Mississippi.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A short video of a streetcar ride. We hear the whistle from inside, see period advertising, and see a view of Lake Harriet out the window.