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By:Tom Dethmers
Dates:2/1/1980 - 12/31/1987
Album Info:Soo Line/Milwaukee Road/CNW/BN and other shots from around this area.
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Milwaukee Road Sprint train westbound
Title:  Milwaukee Road Sprint train westbound
Description:  Early in the careers of the Sprint train,here is one arriving at St. Paul
Photo Date:  12/29/1979  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 11:09:54 AM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  MILW 155(SD40-2)
Views:  128   Comments: 1
Rock Island Transfer
Title:  Rock Island Transfer
Description:  Here comes a transfer to BN or Soo at Daytons Bluff yard
Photo Date:  12/29/1979  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 11:06:02 AM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CRIP 273(U28B)
Views:  161   Comments: 0
Rock Island Transfer
Title:  Rock Island Transfer
Description:  Westbound RI transfer to either Soo or BN passing Daytons Bluff yard shortly before the shutdown of the RI System. I had just bought my new Pentax K1000 and these were some of the first pictures I took with it in February 1980.
Photo Date:  2/15/1980  Upload Date: 6/21/2016 10:54:47 AM
Location:  Daytons Bluff, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CRIP 4799(SD40-2)
Views:  215   Comments: 0
Rock Island caboose
Title:  Rock Island caboose
Description:  A well worn RI caboose passes the BN Daytons Bluff yard office shortly before the end of the RI in Minnesota.
Photo Date:  2/15/1980  Upload Date: 6/21/2016 10:56:41 AM
Location:  Daytons Bluff, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
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Views:  198   Comments: 1
Rock Island transfer
Title:  Rock Island transfer
Description:  Heading into the sunset, literally and figuratively the RI transfer heads west to Soo or BN in the last month of operations in Minnesota.
Photo Date:  2/15/1980  Upload Date: 10/28/2016 2:01:11 PM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CRIP 4799(SD40-2)
Views:  121   Comments: 0
Rock Island transfer
Title:  Rock Island transfer
Description:  I found a few more shots that got separated from the others, so here is another shot of a westbound RI transfer going through Daytons Bluff.
Photo Date:  2/15/1980  Upload Date: 10/28/2016 1:59:44 PM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CRIP 4799(SD40-2)
Views:  157   Comments: 0
Rock Island Inver Grove Heights yard
Title:  Rock Island Inver Grove Heights yard
Description:  This is within 1 or 2 days after the shutdown of the RI system looking north into the yard with RI equipment that will await it fate for 2 or 3 years in this location. Track is beaten to a pulp and CNW has taken over the main line to Des Moines.
Photo Date:  4/2/1980  Upload Date: 6/21/2016 11:03:37 AM
Location:  Inver Grove Heights, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  RollingStock,Yard
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Views:  236   Comments: 1
Rock Island yard lead
Title:  Rock Island yard lead
Description:  Looking northbound into the RI South St. Paul yard after shutdown, and it is pretty easy to see that the RR was dying long before it quit. This yard lasted for storage of the trustees equipment for several years before being torn up in 1983 or 1984.
Photo Date:  4/2/1980  Upload Date: 6/21/2016 11:10:40 AM
Location:  Inver Grove Heights, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  RollingStock,Yard
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Views:  211   Comments: 1
Rock Island swing bridge
Title:  Rock Island swing bridge
Description:  You are looking east on the RI bridge in South St. Paul, MN about 2 days after the RI shut down. The bridge had a road on the bottom and rail on top, and lingered on as a toll road for a number of years, before being condemned as unsafe.
Photo Date:  4/2/1980  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 9:47:29 AM
Location:  Inver Grove Heights, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge
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Views:  281   Comments: 1
Rock Island swing bridge
Title:  Rock Island swing bridge
Description:  A different view of the track and bridge looking at the refinery on the right. This line connected with the joint BN/Milwaukee line at Newport, MN
Photo Date:  4/2/1980  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 9:50:41 AM
Location:  Inver Grove Heights, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge
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Views:  188   Comments: 1
Rock Island swing bridge
Title:  Rock Island swing bridge
Description:  Now on the east side of the Mississippi River looking west into South St. Paul, and a new wheel stop has been installed. The track and bridge are tired out and will never see another train.
Photo Date:  4/2/1980  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 9:53:18 AM
Location:  Inver Grove Heights, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge
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Views:  207   Comments: 1
BN Hinckley Local
Title:  BN Hinckley Local
Description:  BNs Hinckley Local services the large elevator at Rush City, MN with a classic railroad scene from yesteryear.
Photo Date:  7/10/1980  Upload Date: 6/19/2016 1:34:42 PM
Location:  Rush City, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Station
Locomotives:  BN 1403(GP10)
Views:  286   Comments: 0
Hinckley Local at Gloster Jct
Title:  Hinckley Local at Gloster Jct
Description:  Southbound Hinckley Local returning to Daytons Bluff with a good size train on the old NP route. About 10-15 cars back the train is crossing the ex-Soo Line passenger main from St. Paul to Chicago, which the Soo began to remove east of this location a couple months after this photo.
Photo Date:  7/10/1980  Upload Date: 6/19/2016 1:37:44 PM
Location:  Maplewood, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 1412(GP10) BN 1407(GP10)
Views:  436   Comments: 1
CNW yard engine
Title:  CNW yard engine
Description:  Entering the CNW yard at Daytons Bluff, this little guy called MSP home for a couple years in the early 1980s. Fuel prices had skyrocketed in 1979 and 1980, and I think this may have been an attempt at fuel savings.
Photo Date:  4/1/1981  Upload Date: 6/21/2016 11:00:23 AM
Location:  Daytons Bluff, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CNW 1199(SL-136)
Views:  297   Comments: 1
Arriving at Monroe, WI
Title:  Arriving at Monroe, WI
Description:  Southbound into Monroe, crossing the main hwy that ran around the north end of town. The yard is just ahead about a mile.
Photo Date:  6/15/1981  Upload Date: 6/24/2016 12:59:59 PM
Location:  Monroe, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CMN 564(F7A)
Views:  323   Comments: 0
Along the CM&N
Title:  Along the CM&N
Description:  Heading south of Fitchburg, we are crossing Seminole Hwy southbound with a few cars. This line is now a bike trail and unit 564 is stored in Michigan
Photo Date:  6/15/1981  Upload Date: 6/24/2016 12:55:46 PM
Location:  Fitchburg, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CMN 564(F7A)
Views:  303   Comments: 1
CMN 564
Title:  CMN 564
Description:  Southbound and stopped for lunch near Fitchburg, WI on a cab ride I took on the recently formed Chicago, Madison and Northern RR with my friend Rich Kundert. I rode from Monroe, WI to Madison and back on this ex-IC secondary line.
Photo Date:  6/15/1981  Upload Date: 6/24/2016 12:52:50 PM
Location:  Fitchburg, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CMN 564(F7A)
Views:  255   Comments: 0
Southbound at Madison, WI
Title:  Southbound at Madison, WI
Description:  F unit 564 plods slowly along the old IC line through the suburbs of Madison on the way to Monroe, WI
Photo Date:  6/15/1981  Upload Date: 6/24/2016 12:57:40 PM
Location:  Madison, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
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Views:  558   Comments: 2
Soo Line Depot
Title:  Soo Line Depot
Description:  The Withrow depot with a fresh covering of snow.
Photo Date:  1/15/1982  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 3:29:41 PM
Location:  Withrow, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Station
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Views:  128   Comments: 0
Hooping up the orders
Title:  Hooping up the orders
Description:  The operator at Oakland Tower is handing up orders to this BN freight that is heading south to LaCrosse Wi
Photo Date:  2/15/1982  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 3:47:38 PM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6334(SD40-2)
Views:  108   Comments: 1
Soo Line Arcola High Bridge
Title:  Soo Line Arcola High Bridge
Description:  Heading eastbound, a train for Chicago passes over the 1911 built high bridge on a dreary day.
Photo Date:  2/20/1982  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 10:22:51 AM
Location:  Arcola, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 761(SD40-2)
Views:  102   Comments: 0
CMN depot and passenger car
Title:  CMN depot and passenger car
Description:  Looking east at Monroe, WI by the former Milwaukee Road depot at an attractive Chicago, Madison and Northern unit and passenger car. This railroad attempted to run the old Milwaukee and IC lines that crossed at Monroe, WI for a few years in the early 1980s.
Photo Date:  3/15/1982  Upload Date: 6/24/2016 1:07:48 PM
Location:  Monroe, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Roster,Winter,Station
Locomotives:  CMN 1689(RSD5)
Views:  232   Comments: 0
IC Passenger Station Freeport, IL
Title:  IC Passenger Station Freeport, IL
Description:  Looking east on the IC main line from Dubuque to Chicago. The station still stands, but the line is now single tracked. This was once a stop on the Amtrak Black Hawk route in the late 70s and early 80s
Photo Date:  5/1/1982  Upload Date: 6/23/2016 12:12:19 PM
Location:  Freeport, IL
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Station
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Views:  142   Comments: 0
CNW westbound freight
Title:  CNW westbound freight
Description:  Coming through Oakdale, MN a westbound train will be entering the double track at Hazel Park Jct in about 1/4 mile and arrive in East St. Paul to be crew changed.
Photo Date:  5/15/1982  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 2:18:28 PM
Location:  Oakdale, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CNW 6872(SD40-2)
Views:  60   Comments: 0
Amtrak North Star #9
Title:  Amtrak North Star #9
Description:  Midway Depot in St. Paul in the summer of 1982, as a healthy 7 car train gets ready to depart to Duluth, MN at 0900.
Photo Date:  7/1/1982  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 9:55:43 AM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  AMTK 374(F40PHR)
Views:  163   Comments: 0
Amtrak North Star #9
Title:  Amtrak North Star #9
Description:  Northbound Amtrak 9 at Coon Creek, MN with the operator observing the train as it prepares to take a left on the Hinckley Sub. heading for Duluth/Superior.
Photo Date:  7/1/1982  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 11:49:59 AM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 374(F40PHR)
Views:  151   Comments: 0
Amtrak North Star #9
Title:  Amtrak North Star #9
Description:  Amtrak departing north on the jointed rail of the Hinckley Sub
Photo Date:  7/1/1982  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 11:52:18 AM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 374(F40PHR)
Views:  179   Comments: 0
Amtrak North Star #9
Title:  Amtrak North Star #9
Description:  Amtrak heading towards Isanti and Hinckley, MN and passing a neat old GN upper quadrant semaphore set that protected the junction with the Minneapolis to Fargo mainline.
Photo Date:  7/1/1982  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 11:56:11 AM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  124   Comments: 0
Lilydale Passenger train
Title:  Lilydale Passenger train
Description:  A more distant shot of the train, and alot of people taking pictures. Many things in this scene have changed, including the replacement of the high bridge in the background. 328 ran until the fall of 1999, and provided alot of enjoyment to tens of thousands of people.
Photo Date:  10/1/1982  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 12:11:29 PM
Location:  Lilydale, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge,Steam,Passenger
Locomotives:  NP 328(4-6-0)
Views:  230   Comments: 1
Lilydale Passenger train
Title:  Lilydale Passenger train
Description:  Northern Pacific 328 and a small train carry hundreds of people along a short stretch of CNW industrial track along the Mississippi River. This trip was run for 2 or 3 years until the spur was abandoned and was a great and cheap way for inner city kids and their families to ride a steam train.
Photo Date:  10/1/1982  Upload Date: 6/20/2016 12:08:55 PM
Location:  Lilydale, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger
Locomotives:  NP 328(4-6-0)
Views:  281   Comments: 1
CNW Eastbound
Title:  CNW Eastbound
Description:  CNW heading through east St. Paul Yard on the route of the 400. This area has nothing left except the two main tracks, and the yard in the background used to be the CNW intermodal yard for the Twin Cities
Photo Date:  6/15/1983  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 4:13:20 PM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CNW 6864(SD40-2)
Views:  151   Comments: 1
Milwaukee Road Southbound
Title:  Milwaukee Road Southbound
Description:  Just leaving North Branch, this Milwaukee freight is about to drop the semaphore at about mp 39. This line was actually quite busy in the early to mid 80s before abandonment at this point south to Hugo.
Photo Date:  6/15/1983  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 3:27:28 PM
Location:  North Branch, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  MILW 209(SD40-2)
Views:  162   Comments: 1
Yard/local engines
Title:  Yard/local engines
Description:  At the yard in Freeport, IL a pair of engines awaits an assignment.
Photo Date:  8/15/1983  Upload Date: 11/6/2016 1:38:23 PM
Location:  Freeport, IL
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  IC 9602(GP38-2) IC 8070(GP10)
Views:  219   Comments: 2
Milwaukee Road Hiawatha Unit
Title:  Milwaukee Road Hiawatha Unit
Description:  At St. Paul Yard diesel shop in late November, 1983, most likely on its first or second trip out of the paint shop
Photo Date:  11/24/1983  Upload Date: 6/22/2016 1:12:30 AM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  MILW 559(SD10) MILW 2015(GP40)
Views:  147   Comments: 0
Eastbound BN manifest train
Title:  Eastbound BN manifest train
Description:  Eastbound train for LaCrosse, WI with business car Como heads for main two on the new track at Prescott.
Photo Date:  2/15/1984  Upload Date: 6/22/2016 9:58:38 AM
Location:  Prescott, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
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Views:  123   Comments: 0
New/Old bridge 1984
Title:  New/Old bridge 1984
Description:  Eastbound BN train with business car Como rounds the curve at Prescott, WI shortly after the new lift bridge opened. Crews are busily dismantling the old track and bridge over the cold winter month, while the bridges could be closed.
Photo Date:  2/15/1984  Upload Date: 6/22/2016 9:56:42 AM
Location:  Prescott, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge,Winter,Track,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6368(SD40-2)
Views:  217   Comments: 0
BN Eastbound Freight
Title:  BN Eastbound Freight
Description:  Eastbound freight near Diamond Bluff, which I think is near Hager City
Photo Date:  2/15/1984  Upload Date: 6/23/2016 12:07:47 PM
Location:  Hager City, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6301(SD40)
Views:  137   Comments: 0
Bridge shot old/new
Title:  Bridge shot old/new
Description:  A little better view of the work at Prescott as the old bridge is half dismantled already, and the old main line is being removed. This project eliminated a 10 mph restriction on the bridge and curve and raised it to 30 mph. You can also see the old road lift bridge that has also been removed many years ago.
Photo Date:  2/15/1984  Upload Date: 6/22/2016 10:01:32 AM
Location:  Prescott, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge,Winter,Track
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Views:  157   Comments: 0
Westbound at St. Croix Tower
Title:  Westbound at St. Croix Tower
Description:  Coming into the junction with the Milwaukee Roads Chicago to St. Paul main line, this train will swing around a sharp curve shortly and arrive in St. Paul in about 12 miles.
Photo Date:  2/15/1984  Upload Date: 6/22/2016 10:14:11 AM
Location:  Hastings, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6399(SDP40)
Views:  127   Comments: 0
Eastbound at St. Croix Tower
Title:  Eastbound at St. Croix Tower
Description:  Never thought I would miss seeing the SD40-2s of my employer, but this train just rounding the big curve at St. Croix Tower makes me nostalgic for those days.
Photo Date:  2/15/1984  Upload Date: 6/22/2016 10:10:33 AM
Location:  Hastings, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Roster,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  BN 7052(SD40-2)
Views:  123   Comments: 0
Amtrak Empire Builder #8
Title:  Amtrak Empire Builder #8
Description:  Heading east along Hwy 61 just south of Oakland tower at track speed of 70 mph. The east/south end of the Milwaukee Roads Pigs Eye yard can be seen in the left part of the picture.
Photo Date:  3/1/1984  Upload Date: 7/2/2016 10:44:09 AM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 312(F40PHR)
Views:  165   Comments: 0
Amtrak Empire Builder #8
Title:  Amtrak Empire Builder #8
Description:  The Builder heads around the curve towards its next stop at Red Wing, MN in about 40 miles. It was always great to watch it leave the cars/trucks in the dust in this stretch. This is where the Milwaukee Road and Burlington Northern swapped ownership of the double track main and the train is now on Milwaukee Road or Main 1 to Hastings, MN. I watched the very last North Star overnight train to Chicago pass this same location on 10/24/1981 at 2230.
Photo Date:  3/15/1984  Upload Date: 7/2/2016 2:42:40 AM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  109   Comments: 0
Amtrak Empire Builder #8
Title:  Amtrak Empire Builder #8
Description:  A distant shot of the Empire Builder approaching at the 79 mph speed limit through Newport, MN. This scene is almost unrecognizable today as the railroad is in a trench through this area now with Hwy 61 parrallel overhead and all the xings on overpasses. I am standing close to where the tower was that protected movement to the Rock Island RR and the crossovers.
Photo Date:  3/15/1984  Upload Date: 7/2/2016 2:36:47 AM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  118   Comments: 0
Soo Line Arcola High Bridge
Title:  Soo Line Arcola High Bridge
Description:  Eastbound grain train crossing from Minnesota to Wisconsin
Photo Date:  6/1/1984  Upload Date: 6/22/2016 1:07:07 AM
Location:  Arcola, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4441(GP38-2)
Views:  1254   Comments: 4
Soo Line westbound near Withrow.
Title:  Soo Line westbound near Withrow.
Description:  Westbound train a few miles west of the high bridge will be arriving in Withrow and then on to Shoreham yard.
Photo Date:  6/1/1984  Upload Date: 7/6/2016 5:09:23 PM
Location:  Withrow, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 771(SD40-2) SOO 743(SD40)
Views:  141   Comments: 2
Soo Line westbound to Withrow
Title:  Soo Line westbound to Withrow
Description:  The tail end of train 941 or one of the 900 series of Soo Line freights heads west at 40 mph on the well maintained Chicago to Twin Cities main just east of Withrow, MN
Photo Date:  6/1/1984  Upload Date: 7/6/2016 5:11:30 PM
Location:  Withrow, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
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Views:  95   Comments: 0
Soo Line Arcola High Bridge
Title:  Soo Line Arcola High Bridge
Description:  Eastbound grain train crossing from Minnesota to Wisconsin
Photo Date:  6/1/1984  Upload Date: 6/22/2016 1:04:38 AM
Location:  Arcola, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
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Views:  111   Comments: 0
Soo Line Withrow Depot
Title:  Soo Line Withrow Depot
Description:  A shot looking east towards Chicago and lines north to Duluth/Superior and Ste. St. Marie , MI. The Soo Line was instaliling CTC from this point to the west, behind me, and the depot would be taken out of service shortly after this photo, and demolished about 4 or 5 years later.
Photo Date:  6/1/1984  Upload Date: 6/19/2016 1:41:29 PM
Location:  Withrow, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Station,Signal
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Views:  232   Comments: 0
Soo Line section shanty
Title:  Soo Line section shanty
Description:  Looking south on the Danbury Sub, we can see the old section and speeder houses at Markville. This section of track was out of service at this time and removed in late 1987
Photo Date:  7/15/1984  Upload Date: 10/28/2016 2:07:34 PM
Location:  Markville, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Station,Track
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Views:  52   Comments: 0
Section Shanty
Title:  Section Shanty
Description:  Another shot at Markville, now looking north and you can see the passing siding. There was an unusual track arrangement where another track headed off the siding to the main and you can see the switch branching off at the turnout of the siding.
Photo Date:  7/15/1984  Upload Date: 10/28/2016 2:10:01 PM
Location:  Markville, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  55   Comments: 0


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