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By:Tom Dethmers
Dates:1/1/1981 - 12/31/1990
Album Info:Milwaukee Road, CNW and other roads in the MN/WI area
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Southbound Amtrak in Florida
Title:  Southbound Amtrak in Florida
Description:  My grandfather and I took a trip to Sebring for about a week and we stopped by the Amtrak station to see a southbound train heading towards Miami, stop at the station
Photo Date:  2/10/1980  Upload Date: 6/10/2018 7:50:28 PM
Location:  Sebring, FL
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 644(SDP40F)
Views:  212   Comments: 0
Southbound at Sebring
Title:  Southbound at Sebring
Description:  One of Amtraks coast trains makes a stop at Sebring, as a Slumbercoach stops along side us.
Photo Date:  2/10/1980  Upload Date: 6/10/2018 7:51:36 PM
Location:  Sebring, FL
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  64   Comments: 0
End of track
Title:  End of track
Description:  I shot this shot in early November after the scrappers were done ripping up the Soo Line passenger main to Carnelian Lake. You are looking east as the new trail headed under Interstate 694.
Photo Date:  11/1/1980  Upload Date: 12/14/2017 1:28:49 PM
Location:  North Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  202   Comments: 0
End of track looking west
Title:  End of track looking west
Description:  Turning around from the other shot, this is looking west towards downtown N. St. Paul with Hwy 36 to the right. These track once hosted Soo Line passenger trains 1,2, 5 and 6 to Chicago until the last one left on 1/15/1965. There were a couple shippers left in NSP until the end in summer 1982, when the rest of this 5 or 6 miles of track to Trout Brook Jct was removed.
Photo Date:  11/1/1980  Upload Date: 12/14/2017 1:31:31 PM
Location:  North Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  165   Comments: 0
An old GP
Title:  An old GP
Description:  Somewhere in Wisconsin, we came across this old CNW GP and I decided to take a photo
Photo Date:  1/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/8/2017 1:01:02 AM
Location:  Eau Claire, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CNW 4443(GP7)
Views:  198   Comments: 0
The 400 route
Title:  The 400 route
Description:  westbound train on the CNW heading by one of the banjo semaphores near Eau Claire
Photo Date:  2/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/8/2017 12:50:47 AM
Location:  Eau Claire, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CNW 6813(SD40-2)
Views:  176   Comments: 1
The 400 route
Title:  The 400 route
Description:  A CNW freight passing over one of the old, double track bridges between Eau Claire and Hudson, WI
Photo Date:  2/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/8/2017 12:55:34 AM
Location:  Eau Claire, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CNW 6813(SD40-2)
Views:  211   Comments: 2
The 400 route
Title:  The 400 route
Description:  A westbound freight passing under and overpass in Wisconsin on the former double track CNW Chicago to Twin Cities route.
Photo Date:  2/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/8/2017 12:52:55 AM
Location:  Eau Claire, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CNW 6813(SD40-2)
Views:  169   Comments: 2
South bound on the Skally
Title:  South bound on the Skally
Description:  Milwaukee Road freight on the west edge of White Bear Lake heading south to St. Paul Yard.
Photo Date:  4/10/1981  Upload Date: 7/26/2018 10:53:19 AM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  MILW 209(SD40-2) MILW 208(SD40-2)
Views:  170   Comments: 0
Jordan spreader
Title:  Jordan spreader
Description:  The wings are out and MOW forces keep in eye on the progress, as this machine smooths out the ditches at the east end of Daytons Bluff Yard.
Photo Date:  4/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/24/2017 12:18:45 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  RollingStock,Yard,Action
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Views:  90   Comments: 0
Ditch work
Title:  Ditch work
Description:  MOW is working at the east end of Daytons Bluff Yard, fixing drainage issues.
Photo Date:  4/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/24/2017 12:17:28 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  RollingStock,Action
Locomotives:  BN 112(SW7)
Views:  179   Comments: 0
Local for LaCrosse, WI
Title:  Local for LaCrosse, WI
Description:  At the east end of Daytons Bluff Yard, a pair of ex-CBQ SD24s head east on the BN to do local work in the river line to LaCrosse
Photo Date:  4/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/24/2017 12:14:45 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6247(SD24) BN 6250(SD24)
Views:  162   Comments: 0
Heading east
Title:  Heading east
Description:  BN local to LaCrosse heads east on Main 1 with a pair of long ago retired SD24s and will make stops along the BNs river line.
Photo Date:  4/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/24/2017 12:16:14 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 6250(SD24) BN 6247(SD24)
Views:  195   Comments: 0
Circus Train
Title:  Circus Train
Description:  One of the circus trains rests in the old NP coach yard just a few blocks east of downtown. This yard was abandoned shortly after this time and served the NPs trains at St. Paul Union Depot.
Photo Date:  4/15/1981  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 2:03:10 PM
Location:  St. Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  RollingStock,Yard,Passenger
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Views:  38   Comments: 0
Stone Arch Bridge
Title:  Stone Arch Bridge
Description:  Former GN/BN passenger line bridge in Minneapolis, looking west over the Mississippi River.
Photo Date:  6/10/1981  Upload Date: 7/26/2018 10:54:52 AM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge
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Views:  42   Comments: 0
Stone Arch Bridge
Title:  Stone Arch Bridge
Description:  Looking west on the passenger line about 3 years after GN Station was demolished. THese tracks would be gone within a year of this photo.
Photo Date:  6/10/1981  Upload Date: 7/26/2018 11:03:01 AM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge
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Views:  139   Comments: 1
BN Special heading west
Title:  BN Special heading west
Description:  Most likely a veterans special heading west on the ex NP line to Staples, MN
Photo Date:  6/20/1981  Upload Date: 7/26/2018 10:57:05 AM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6435(SD45)
Views:  78   Comments: 0
BN Special heading west
Title:  BN Special heading west
Description:  The private car, Gritty Palace brings up the rear of a vets train heading west towards Fargo.
Photo Date:  6/20/1981  Upload Date: 7/26/2018 10:59:21 AM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  48   Comments: 0
Eastbound at Newport
Title:  Eastbound at Newport
Description:  When the tower was still in operation, you could see all the switch rods for the x/o, and the old semaphore that was partially controlled by the operator in the tower.
Photo Date:  2/15/1982  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 2:05:16 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  BN 8174(SD40-2)
Views:  65   Comments: 0
End of the Soo Line passenger main
Title:  End of the Soo Line passenger main
Description:  After the east 10 miles were removed in summer, 1980, the Soo Line removed the rest of the line in the summer of 1982 from North St. Paul to Trout Brook Jct, and this is the crane and gondola picking up the siding at North St. Paul
Photo Date:  8/10/1982  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 1:54:17 PM
Location:  North Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  58   Comments: 0
End of the Soo Line passenger main
Title:  End of the Soo Line passenger main
Description:  Looking east into downtown, the track made a tight turn and the depot was just ahead on the straightaway. There was a depot and passenger stop for trains 5 and 6 until the early 1960s.
Photo Date:  8/10/1982  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 1:57:26 PM
Location:  North Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  68   Comments: 0
End of the Soo Line passenger main
Title:  End of the Soo Line passenger main
Description:  Looking east towards White Bear Avenue, the line was good for 50 mph into the early 60s. This is now the Gateway Trail and a pedestrian bridge passes over WB Avenue.
Photo Date:  8/10/1982  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 1:59:08 PM
Location:  North Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  54   Comments: 0
RR Xing Gloster Junction
Title:  RR Xing Gloster Junction
Description:  This was the crossing with the NP/BN Duluth line and we are looking west on the Soo Line. The BN line would only last about 6 more years, and be removed in 1988 and is the Willard Munger Trail from St. Paul to White Bear Lake, MN
Photo Date:  8/10/1982  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 2:01:05 PM
Location:  Maplewood, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  63   Comments: 1
Winona
Title:  Winona
Description:  Heading east by the Amtrak depot, this train will continue on to Lacrosse and Chicago
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:37:43 AM
Location:  Winona, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  MILW 152(SD40-2)
Views:  218   Comments: 0
Winona
Title:  Winona
Description:  The eastbound continues by the small yard and a Milwaukee caboose awaits assignment to one of the river patrols that used to run on the Milwaukee
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:39:24 AM
Location:  Winona, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
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Views:  160   Comments: 0
Deep freeze
Title:  Deep freeze
Description:  An eastbound Milwaukee Road freight heads by the Amtrak depot for points east to Chicago, with a speeder on the westbound track to keep an eye on the railroads tired track.
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:34:26 AM
Location:  Red Wing, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  MILW 207(SD40-2) MILW 586(SDL39)
Views:  353   Comments: 1
Deep freeze
Title:  Deep freeze
Description:  Eastbound train heading by the busy elevator on a cold morning along the Mississippi River
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:36:42 AM
Location:  Red Wing, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  MILW 207(SD40-2)
Views:  223   Comments: 0
Diamond Bluff
Title:  Diamond Bluff
Description:  This BN train was about 50 miles from St. Paul, MN along the Mississippi River heading west along the scenic ex-CBQ route
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:49:18 AM
Location:  Hager City, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  BN 8010(SD40-2) BN 7910(SD40-2)
Views:  243   Comments: 0
Westbound at the double crossovers
Title:  Westbound at the double crossovers
Description:  Leaving Red Wing, this westbound is coming around the curve at Jackson Street, and will arrive in St. Paul Yard in about 50 miles.
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:41:07 AM
Location:  Red Wing, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  MILW 135(SD40-2)
Views:  219   Comments: 0
Westbound at the double crossovers
Title:  Westbound at the double crossovers
Description:  The Mississippi River is just to the right of the photo, and the crossovers have since been removed and the line single tracked by Soo Line in the late 80s. The double track ends just near the left curve in the distance, now.
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:42:42 AM
Location:  Red Wing, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
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Views:  152   Comments: 0
Lost bridge of the GBW
Title:  Lost bridge of the GBW
Description:  On the MN side of the river we are looking at the bridge the GBW used to get from WI to MN until the early 80s. The bridge was burned by vandals and eventually removed.
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:44:49 AM
Location:  Winona, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge
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Views:  206   Comments: 0
CNW on the Dakota 400 route
Title:  CNW on the Dakota 400 route
Description:  This westbound train was leaving Winona heading for Rochester, MN and points west and beginning the climb out of the Mississippi River valley.
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:46:13 AM
Location:  Minnesota City, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6271(SD40)
Views:  236   Comments: 0
CNW on the Dakota 400 route
Title:  CNW on the Dakota 400 route
Description:  This westbound train is swinging away from the Milwaukee Road mainline after leaving Winona, MN and will continue west towards Rochester and SD.
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 12/5/2017 9:47:34 AM
Location:  Minnesota City, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6271(SD40) CNW 6829(SD40-2)
Views:  224   Comments: 0
Amtrak 8
Title:  Amtrak 8
Description:  Heading east on what is now main 1, Amtraks Empire Builder is at 79 mph as it heads to Hastings, MN
Photo Date:  8/1/1983  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 1:50:38 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  43   Comments: 0
Amtrak 8
Title:  Amtrak 8
Description:  Empire Builder passing the old tower that was moved in about 1987 down the tracks about 1/2 mile, and is now a museum.
Photo Date:  8/1/1983  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 1:51:56 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  41   Comments: 0
Old Boylston Junction eastbound
Title:  Old Boylston Junction eastbound
Description:  A BN freight is about 5 miles from its destination at Superior, WI as it passes the now abandoned junction with the Hinckley Sub.
Photo Date:  7/15/1984  Upload Date: 12/28/2018 2:08:01 PM
Location:  Boylston Junction, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 7827(SD40-2)
Views:  46   Comments: 0
Along the CBQ
Title:  Along the CBQ
Description:  One of BNs freight trains along the Mississippi River(not sure of direction) as the line was being upgraded in the mid 80s
Photo Date:  7/20/1984  Upload Date: 6/5/2018 12:38:39 PM
Location:  Hager City, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 7122(SD40-2)
Views:  108   Comments: 1
Eastbound on the CBQ
Title:  Eastbound on the CBQ
Description:  During the days of jointed rail and pole lines, the BN is heading east and alot of work is being done on the main line.
Photo Date:  7/20/1984  Upload Date: 6/5/2018 12:40:00 PM
Location:  Maiden Rock, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
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Views:  76   Comments: 0
Amtrak 8 at Chemolite
Title:  Amtrak 8 at Chemolite
Description:  Empire Builder running late on the Eastward track(main 1) at south Cottage Grove with a stop ahead at Red Wing, MN
Photo Date:  6/1/1985  Upload Date: 6/10/2018 7:46:54 PM
Location:  Cottage Grove, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 374(F40PHR)
Views:  189   Comments: 2
Amtrak 8 at Chemolite
Title:  Amtrak 8 at Chemolite
Description:  Heading down main one on the Milwaukee Road portion of the double track line and will cross the Mississippi River in about 4-5 miles.
Photo Date:  6/1/1985  Upload Date: 6/10/2018 7:48:30 PM
Location:  Cottage Grove, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  98   Comments: 0
Flying over the CNW at Lake Elmo
Title:  Flying over the CNW at Lake Elmo
Description:  A picture from a Cessna over the west end of Lake Elmo with the CNW route below and if you look closely, you can see the semaphore by the xing, and also the path of the old westward track.
Photo Date:  9/13/1986  Upload Date: 12/8/2017 12:58:15 AM
Location:  Lake Elmo, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  159   Comments: 0
End of the Skally(NP Duluth line)
Title:  End of the Skally(NP Duluth line)
Description:  This was the first place the line was severed at Frost Avenue in North St. Paul, MN over the winter of 86-87 when they rebuilt the road. The Soo Line Chicago to St. Paul line used to cross up near the Gloster sign. It was sad to see this neat ABS mainline removed when it had just hosted 6-8 trains a day 2 years earlier.
Photo Date:  2/1/1987  Upload Date: 12/9/2017 11:56:52 AM
Location:  Maplewood, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Track
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Views:  217   Comments: 0
Soo Line strike training train
Title:  Soo Line strike training train
Description:  Management had a strike training train that was running on the out of service Twin Cities to Chicago main line, and this was the train arriving in Somerset.
Photo Date:  4/7/1987  Upload Date: 6/5/2018 12:30:44 PM
Location:  Somerset, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4508(GP38-2) MILW 362(GP38-2)
Views:  180   Comments: 1
Soo Line strike training train
Title:  Soo Line strike training train
Description:  Crossing westbound into MN, the train will proceed about 6-7 miles to Withrow, where it will change ends and head east
Photo Date:  4/7/1987  Upload Date: 6/5/2018 12:32:51 PM
Location:  Arcola, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  MILW 362(GP38-2)
Views:  115   Comments: 1
Strike training train
Title:  Strike training train
Description:  In the late winter of 1986-87, Soo Line conducted some management training operations from Withrow to Somerset, WI in anticipation of a strike and used this empty ballast train and a couple GP38-2s and ran several trips over the high bridge. The line had been out of service for the good part of a year, so this was the first train to cross and the line then went dormant again until WC took over later in 1987.
Photo Date:  4/7/1987  Upload Date: 12/14/2017 1:20:12 PM
Location:  Withrow, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  MILW 362(GP38-2)
Views:  156   Comments: 0
Alma coal train
Title:  Alma coal train
Description:  Eastbound load heading to Alma power plant on the BN/Soo Line
Photo Date:  4/20/1987  Upload Date: 6/5/2018 12:35:13 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CNW 7011(SD50)
Views:  109   Comments: 1
Alma coal train
Title:  Alma coal train
Description:  MP caboose brings up the rear of the coal train to Alma that CNW was running at the time.
Photo Date:  4/20/1987  Upload Date: 6/5/2018 12:36:24 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
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Views:  60   Comments: 0
Minnesota Zephyr
Title:  Minnesota Zephyr
Description:  After starting the climb up the 2.2% grade about 1/4 mile earlier, the westbound Zephyr is heading to Duluth Jct during its first winter of operation in Stillwater. This is now the Browns Creek State Trail
Photo Date:  11/20/1987  Upload Date: 11/12/2018 1:24:13 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Passenger,Action
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Views:  64   Comments: 0
Minnesota Zephyr
Title:  Minnesota Zephyr
Description:  Coming out of the 2.2% grade on a sharp 6% curve, the Zephyr levels out to a more reasonable 1.2% grade for the next 1.5 miles to Summit
Photo Date:  11/20/1987  Upload Date: 11/12/2018 1:26:01 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Passenger,Action
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Views:  41   Comments: 0
Minnesota Zephyr
Title:  Minnesota Zephyr
Description:  Coming around one of the two long curves near Browns Creek the Zephyr is coming through Oak Glen Golf Course, and Conductor Bill Espee is surprising diners with a wave from the ground as the train passes westbound at low speed.
Photo Date:  11/20/1987  Upload Date: 11/12/2018 1:28:16 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Passenger,Action
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Views:  62   Comments: 1


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