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by SOO2719
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MTM #328 is done
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: MTM #328 is done

So that is where the train wound up. Thanks, Tom. Speaking of N.P. 328 and trails, John Hill photographed her on the point of an excursion descending Chaska Hill on the former Minneapolis & St. Louis main line in 1984. Today this too is a rail trail. I wish I could have ridden down and up Chaska...
by SOO2719
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MTM #328 is done
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: MTM #328 is done

Iowa Pacific bought the whole Minnesota Zephyr set, including the F-units.
by SOO2719
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MTM #328 is done
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: MTM #328 is done

Yes, the rails are up and a trail is in, save for a short stretch by the Stillwater depot, where a former Valley Fair trolley sits awaiting final disposition.
by SOO2719
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MTM #328 is done
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: MTM #328 is done

The Stillwater line was donated to MTM by the Burlington Northern back in the 1980s. The line was operated by MTM until early in the 1990s, when NIMBY pressure compelled them to find another place to operate train excursions as so wound up in Osceola, Wisconsin, on the Wisconsin Central. Now that Ca...
by SOO2719
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MTM #328 is done
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: MTM #328 is done

I think MTM has no steam simply because Canadian National, which took over steam-friendly Wisconsin Central in 2001, is not know for being hospitable to steam excursions (though once upon time they were).
I remember the 328 at Osceola twenty years ago. She was grand under steam.
by SOO2719
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Glorious 261 on September 8, 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: The Glorious 261 on September 8, 2018

The train was westbound in both pics, with the real locomotive doing the work and the diesel along for the ride. :) Shame there is no turntable or wye at Glencoe, but oh well.
by SOO2719
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Glorious 261 on September 8, 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: The Glorious 261 on September 8, 2018

Here is the "Cedar Rapids" and T.C.& W. GP38-2 2015 at Powers Blvd. I was close enough to wave to everybody aboard the train but far enough away to keep safe, the best way to railfan.
by SOO2719
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Glorious 261 on September 8, 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 393

The Glorious 261 on September 8, 2018

Here is the glorious 261 westbound at Powers Blvd in Chanhassen about 2:35 P.M. on the lovely afternoon of September 8, 2018. I always wanted to catch a train at this location along the Twin Cities & Western, and the 261 and the "Gourmet Express" was destined to be the one. :D I tried ...
by SOO2719
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Runs This Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: 261 Runs This Weekend

Hey Mark,

That's too bad. I heard about the derailment on another forum. You all were stopped across from Pizza Luce at Blake Road in Hopkins?
by SOO2719
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Runs This Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: 261 Runs This Weekend

I will be in Chanhassen, down at Powers Boulevard. See you all soon.
by SOO2719
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Runs This Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: 261 Runs This Weekend

Hey Mark, I just donated to the GoFundMe page for the 261's PTC fundraiser. I will be seeing you all tomorrow but not Sunday due to other commitments then. I have not decided yet where I will be catching the train on its outbound run. Hopkins? Eden Prairie? Chanhassesn? Decisions, decisions. :D Sorr...
by SOO2719
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 1506

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

According to Trains News Wire, Eau Claire has exercised their buyback option for the 2719. :(

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