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6/26/2019
 
 
 
 
 
By:Tony Held
Dates:1/1/2002 - 8/3/2014
Album Info:A collection of train action and other rail scenes from around the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Enjoy!
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"What am I doing?!"
Title:  "What am I doing?!"
Description:  "What am I doing?" I asked myself as I grabbed this sub-standard shot of an eastbound BNSF freight heading down the old Great Northern with Minnesota's captiol city in the distance. Train had a CSX and an ex-Conrail unit up in front of that pure Santa Fe 'bonnet.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/7/2010 10:37:12 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  BNSF 677(C44-9W)
Views:  84   Comments: 0
Passing Bandana
Title:  Passing Bandana
Description:  A pair of dash-nines is the motive power at the disposal of this westbound freight consisting of one covered hopper and mostly tank cars. An ethanol move?
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/10/2010 12:45:13 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  BNSF 5503(C44-9W) BNSF 4310(C44-9W)
Views:  161   Comments: 0
Engines At The Yard
Title:  Engines At The Yard
Description:  No less than four units at Ford Yard today. Thought I only would find two. Lucky break!
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/10/2010 5:09:13 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  CP 4509(GP38-2) SOO 4439(GP38-2) CP 5750(SD40-2) SOO 6038(SD60)
Views:  204   Comments: 2
Sweet Soo Disguised And Pure
Title:  Sweet Soo Disguised And Pure
Description:  A repainted Soo 38-2 and a still pure red-and-white sibling ilde at the end of Ford Yard on a cold. crisp Pearl Harbor Remembrance day.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/8/2010 11:03:06 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  CP 4509(GP38-2) SOO 4439(GP38-2)
Views:  154   Comments: 0
Ford Yard office
Title:  Ford Yard office
Description:  Here's the modest place the Milwaukee Road built for the Ford Yard office. Not sure how far back this structure goes, though. May not have been the first built for the yard.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/7/2010 8:11:06 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Views:  55   Comments: 0
Black Diamond Hauler
Title:  Black Diamond Hauler
Description:  A going away shot of a coal train passing the Bandana Square parking garage.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/18/2010 5:07:23 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  BNSF 6232(ES44AC) BNSF 8873(SD70MAC)
Views:  111   Comments: 0
Won't Ever Tire Of This Vantage Point
Title:  Won't Ever Tire Of This Vantage Point
Description:  Thank heavens they built a parking garage at Bandana Square that's usually quiet even on weekdays. From there you can get shots of trains like this one.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/10/2010 12:45:37 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4310(C44-9W) BNSF 5503(C44-9W)
Views:  141   Comments: 0
Beep Beep And Beep Beep
Title:  Beep Beep And Beep Beep
Description:  So titled because the hogger on this coal train headed east past Bandana Square kept blowing the air horn for some reason.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/18/2010 5:05:37 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  BNSF 8873(SD70MAC) BNSF 6232(ES44AC)
Views:  156   Comments: 0
Sign says it all
Title:  Sign says it all
Description:  This old Soo Line era sign says it all at the entrance to the vest pocket-sized parking lot at the Ford yard.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/7/2010 7:42:51 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Views:  77   Comments: 0
Soo Geep
Title:  Soo Geep
Description:  A close-up of this unit at Ford yard.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/10/2010 5:09:00 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  SOO 4439(GP38-2)
Views:  93   Comments: 0
SDs Here?!
Title:  SDs Here?!
Description:  Surprised that these C-C trucked babies could make it up the Ford Branch. Nevertheless, there they were.
Photo Date:  12/7/2010  Upload Date: 12/10/2010 5:08:21 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  SOO 6038(SD60) CP 5750(SD40-2)
Views:  77   Comments: 0
First Of 2011!
Title:  First Of 2011!
Description:  My first catch of 2011 turned out to be this westbound freight crossing Pinto Drive as the hogger let 'em roll down the CP/Soo Paynesville sub beneath grey late winter skies. I was surprised to see the NS unit.
Photo Date:  3/11/2011  Upload Date: 3/12/2011 10:16:12 AM
Location:  Medina, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  CP 8820(ES44AC) NS 9833(C40-9W) CP 9557(AC44CW) CP 8886(ES44AC)
Views:  191   Comments: 0
Away She Rolls
Title:  Away She Rolls
Description:  Up ahead lies Loretto, Rockford, and then on to Buffalo on old Soo rails. Pic was taken from near Pinto drive.
Photo Date:  3/11/2011  Upload Date: 3/12/2011 10:16:22 AM
Location:  Medina, MN
Author:  Richard Krebes
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Locomotives:  CP 9557(AC44CW) CP 8886(ES44AC) NS 9833(C40-9W) CP 8820(ES44AC)
Views:  147   Comments: 0
Another Nice Touch
Title:  Another Nice Touch
Description:  Down and to the right of the REA sign is another nice touch: this baggage cart. Wonder where they found it and what road once owned it?
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/4/2011 11:00:00 PM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  48   Comments: 0
BNSF 7204 Roster Shot
Title:  BNSF 7204 Roster Shot
Description:  Roster shot of this unit getting her engine revved during a test outside the Northtown diesel shop.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/5/2011 10:53:00 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 7204(ES44DC)
Views:  154   Comments: 0
BNSF 8114
Title:  BNSF 8114
Description:  I hadn't seen an ex-BN SD60 in months until lo and behold, I caught this one sitting outside the Northtown diesel shop. Yes!
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/4/2011 11:09:37 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 8114(SD60M)
Views:  160   Comments: 0
Back On Home Rails
Title:  Back On Home Rails
Description:  Ex-NP/BN 1544 reposes at the Northtown diesel shop. Northtown originally was a NP facility greatly changed and expanded after the BN merger.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/9/2011 3:08:01 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 1544(GP28P)
Views:  140   Comments: 0
BNSF 2792
Title:  BNSF 2792
Description:  Close-up view of this unit.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/9/2011 9:30:58 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 2792(GP39-2)
Views:  82   Comments: 0
Yellowbonnet And Varnish
Title:  Yellowbonnet And Varnish
Description:  You never know what you'll encounter at Northtown Yard. Lo and behold this lashup I found. Couldn't get the passenger car names and numbers, but turned out otherwise pretty good.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/9/2011 9:30:44 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 2792(GP39-2)
Views:  95   Comments: 0
Looking up the Skally
Title:  Looking up the Skally
Description:  Amazingly the entire Skally line is intact in WBL itself, ending up in Hugo to the north and Maplewood to the south. Rest of the route in the eastern TC metro is without rails and now largely trails. Here, though, it is easy to imagine the glory days when not only NP but Milwaukee and C&NW trains graced these rails going to and from the Twin Ports.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/3/2011 2:34:33 AM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Richard Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  131   Comments: 0
Loco-Motive Design
Title:  Loco-Motive Design
Description:  This snazzy sign greets visitors to the WBL depot.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/4/2011 11:09:19 PM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  68   Comments: 0
Northtown turntable
Title:  Northtown turntable
Description:  No roundhouse in sight, nor any other tracks surround it, but here it sits on the other side of the 44th Avenue bridge across from the diesel shop.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/3/2011 2:45:11 AM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  126   Comments: 0
NP 1285 And Old Glory
Title:  NP 1285 And Old Glory
Description:  Title says it all.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/5/2011 10:52:44 PM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Richard Held
Categories:  RollingStock
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Views:  113   Comments: 0
NP 1285
Title:  NP 1285
Description:  An old NP wood caboose graces the grounds of the White Bear Lake depot.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/3/2011 2:26:14 AM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  229   Comments: 0
WBL Depot
Title:  WBL Depot
Description:  Now in the midst of eastern Twin City suburbia, the former Northern Pacific/Burlington Northern station in White Bear Lake is still extant as a museum today. Trains even still pass by in the form of locals run by the Minnesota Commercial railway which leases the former NP "Skally" line in the foreground from the BNSF.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/3/2011 2:26:34 AM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Richard Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  105   Comments: 0
Detail Shot
Title:  Detail Shot
Description:  Detail shot of the station sign on the track-side of the WBL depot.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/4/2011 11:04:37 PM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Richard Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  80   Comments: 0
Nice Touch
Title:  Nice Touch
Description:  A Railway Express Agency sign adds a classy touch to the museum housed in the ex-NP/BN depot in WBL.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/4/2011 10:59:42 PM
Location:  White Bear Lake, MN
Author:  Richard Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  74   Comments: 0
Cascade Greens And An H-1
Title:  Cascade Greens And An H-1
Description:  An almost Mutt-and Jeff combo here.
Photo Date:  4/2/2011  Upload Date: 4/9/2011 9:35:38 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 8155(SD60M) BNSF 8151(SD60M) BNSF 1899(SD40-2)
Views:  763   Comments: 0
Milepost 158
Title:  Milepost 158
Description:  A roster shot of the second former Boise-Cascade boxcar I saw at the business located at Yankee Doodle and Dodd roads with a milepost sign included in the composition for extra interest.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 7:12:12 PM
Location:  Eagan, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  61   Comments: 0
TR 150348 Roster View
Title:  TR 150348 Roster View
Description:  Close up of this ex-Boise-Cascade boxcar.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 7:11:54 PM
Location:  Eagan, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  79   Comments: 1
What Keeps The Line Intact
Title:  What Keeps The Line Intact
Description:  South of 494 in Eagan, the old Milwaukee I & M line thrives under the operation of Progressive Rail, serving customers such as this business located at Yankee Doodle and Dodd roads.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/16/2011 8:53:40 PM
Location:  Eagan, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  159   Comments: 0
Now On Her Third Owner
Title:  Now On Her Third Owner
Description:  When it first graced these rails, 4507 wore the orange and black of the Milwaukee Road. Now this unit sports the CP "dual flag" scheme from the 1990's but is still at home. Could use a new coat of paint what with that "tag" junk on the long hood. Maybe CP could make her their Milwaukee Road "Heritage" unit?
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 9:33:34 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  CP 4507(GP38-2)
Views:  74   Comments: 0
CP 6068 Roster shot
Title:  CP 6068 Roster shot
Description:  Roster shot of this unit.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 9:23:31 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  CP 6068(SD40-2)
Views:  95   Comments: 0
Flooding?  What flooding?
Title:  Flooding? What flooding?
Description:  The Pigs Eye hump power goes about their duties despite the flood threat from nearby Old Man River. Glad I wound up getting the DME or ICE unit on the right got into the shot.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 9:23:46 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  CP 6068(SD40-2) SOO 1537(MP15AC)
Views:  153   Comments: 0
BNSF 4064 Roster View
Title:  BNSF 4064 Roster View
Description:  Roster shot.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 7:19:49 PM
Location:  Wayzata, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4064(C44-9W)
Views:  87   Comments: 0
BNSF 4531 Roster View
Title:  BNSF 4531 Roster View
Description:  Note the snow remaining on the pilot, a souvenier of an early spring snow the night before.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 6:52:20 PM
Location:  Wayzata, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4531(C44-9W)
Views:  52   Comments: 0
Why Hello Again!
Title:  Why Hello Again!
Description:  I first caught this job out in Wayzata. Then here it came roaring through Newport a couple hours later!
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 7:22:22 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4531(C44-9W) BNSF 690(C44-9W) BNSF 4064(C44-9W)
Views:  246   Comments: 0
Why I Doubled Back
Title:  Why I Doubled Back
Description:  Another roster shot of the 690. I was heading out to the Newport club's flea market at Woodbury High School when I saw an eastbound grain train in the siding with this warbonnet as the second of three units, and one in the "Santa Fe" version, not the "BNSF" one!
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 6:58:52 PM
Location:  Wayzata, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 690(C44-9W)
Views:  170   Comments: 0
Rotten Orange But Still Sweet
Title:  Rotten Orange But Still Sweet
Description:  "Bandit" Soo/Milwaukee 4512 and repainted sister 4507 is the duo at the fingertips of the hogger doing some switching at the southernmost end of Pigs Eye yard. My own nickname for these units is "rotten oranges", but ah they are fruit that still are sweet for the eyes. The closest I will ever come to having seen the Milwaukee in action beyond a museum.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 9:45:42 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  SOO 4512(GP38-2)
Views:  153   Comments: 0
The I & M
Title:  The I & M
Description:  When first built, this line stretched through rural countryside. Now look at what surrounds it: county roads, office buildings, you name it, it's suburbia. Nevertheless, this portion of Milwaukee Road predecessor Minnesota Central (not the same as the one which built from Red Wing to Mankato two decades after this MC) which later became the Milwaukee Road I & M division still sees trains thanks to being operated by Progressive Rail. We are looking south from the Yankee Doodle Road grade crossing.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/16/2011 9:03:03 PM
Location:  Eagan, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  136   Comments: 0
Caboose A Flatcar And The Flag
Title:  Caboose A Flatcar And The Flag
Description:  Getting Old Glory into the composition was pure luck. Sure love those center-cupola Soo hacks.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 7:16:43 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Richard Held
Categories:  RollingStock
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Views:  178   Comments: 0
SOO 51
Title:  SOO 51
Description:  Roster view.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 9:52:23 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  128   Comments: 0
SOO 4413 Roster Shot
Title:  SOO 4413 Roster Shot
Description:  Roster view.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 10:03:26 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  SOO 4413(GP38-2)
Views:  138   Comments: 0
SOO 4447
Title:  SOO 4447
Description:  Roster view. "Soo" on long hood is well-worn.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 10:03:43 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  SOO 4447(GP38-2)
Views:  84   Comments: 0
Roseport Job?
Title:  Roseport Job?
Description:  This Soo line duo sitting unmanned had a string of tank cars behind them. Was this the Roseport job waiting for a crew to take it into Pigs Eye, or some other job?
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 10:03:13 PM
Location:  Newport, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  SOO 4413(GP38-2) SOO 4447(GP38-2)
Views:  191   Comments: 0
BNSF 690 Roster View
Title:  BNSF 690 Roster View
Description:  Roster shot. Note the white "BNSF" initials now under the cab side window.
Photo Date:  4/16/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 6:58:24 PM
Location:  Wayzata, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 690(C44-9W)
Views:  162   Comments: 0
Ready To Roll
Title:  Ready To Roll
Description:  As the westbound train rolls into the distance, the hogger aboard the 4531 wastes no time powering up the 3 units of this eastbound grain job to get off the siding and back on the road.
Photo Date:  4/17/2011  Upload Date: 4/17/2011 6:47:24 PM
Location:  Wayzata, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4531(C44-9W) BNSF 690(C44-9W)
Views:  157   Comments: 0
Water Tank Sign
Title:  Water Tank Sign
Description:  The marker next to the Carver water tank.
Photo Date:  5/5/2011  Upload Date: 5/7/2011 6:35:14 AM
Location:  Carver, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  48   Comments: 0
CNW 11142
Title:  CNW 11142
Description:  Roster view of this gem at Carver's Depot Park. Tracks in background belong to the doomed Chaska Industrial lead (ex-CNW, exx-M&St.L.) of the Union Pacific about to face the lifting of its rails.
Photo Date:  5/5/2011  Upload Date: 5/5/2011 10:26:35 PM
Location:  Carver, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  120   Comments: 0
Depot Park
Title:  Depot Park
Description:  A complete view of Depot Park in Carver with the ill-fated rails of the former Chaska Industrial lead in the background. Get this view while you can!
Photo Date:  5/5/2011  Upload Date: 5/7/2011 6:27:25 AM
Location:  Carver, MN
Author:  Richard Held
Categories:  RollingStock
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Views:  85   Comments: 0


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