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.

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 […]


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 […]


A “Ballast Tamper” tamps ballast – I knew that

We regularly slow down, or rather are forced to come to a complete stop, and watch road construction crews. Maybe it’s a guy thing, but I love seeing big machines rip stuff up, dig holes, or lift heavy steel beams into place. The equipment is familiar: cranes, front end loaders, excavators, bulldozers, and skid-steers with […]


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 […]


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 […]


Eastbound Coal Train Picture Sequence

The following is a sequence of photos taken June 4, 2009, in Fremont, Nebraska of an eastbound Union Pacific coal train. There were two engines in front and one trailing. I was able to gather engine information just by doing a Google search for keywords “Union Pacific 5967” and “Union Pacific 6684.” As always, […]


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 […]


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.