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Grainy Afternoon

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Grainy Afternoon

Two23

About a month or so ago I was working in west central Minnesota, following the BNSF’s Marshall sub north of Marshall MN on Hwy 23. Where the TC&W (Twin Cities & Western) tracks cross the BNSF tracks near Hanley Falls there is an ethanol plant.  (more)

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Royal Gorge Route

Gbrewer

Beneath the suspension bridge, the walls are so close together and so steep that a place to build railroad tracks seemed impossible. The surging river simply must occupy the entire canyon bottom. But in 1879 a “hanging bridge” was devised and built to allow the tracks to pass through the narrow space suspended above the rushing water.  (more)

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Riding the Electroliner

gbrewer

My first train ride was on the blue and gray electric cars of the old Chicago Aurora & Elgin. When the end was obvious for the CA&E, I wanted to ride the lines west to Aurora and Elgin. Somehow I never got around to it; I have been kicking myself ever since.  (more)

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Rebirth of a Historic Colorado Narrow Gauge Engine

gbrewer

For the first time in many years, the canyons west of here echo to the sounds of a genuine Colorado & Southern steam engine. C&S Number 9, a diminutive mogul built by Cooke in 1884, was primarily used in passenger service.  (more)

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