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by SOO2719
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

According to Trains News Wire, Eau Claire has exercised their buyback option for the 2719. :(
by SOO2719
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bad Luck Strikes UP's Frontier Days Excursion
Replies: 9
Views: 269

Bad Luck Strikes UP's Frontier Days Excursion

Union Pacific 844 wound up striking and killing a pedestrian today while on the Frontier Days excursion. :-(

https://kdvr.com/2018/07/21/pedestrian-struck-by-train-near-henderson/
by SOO2719
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Twin Cities & Western Says "No" To Southwest LRT Deal
Replies: 9
Views: 530

Re: Twin Cities & Western Says "No" To Southwest LRT Deal

And now both parties have reached a deal: http://www.southwestjournal.com/news/transportation/2018/07/with-settlement-southwest-light-rail-clears-a-stumbling-block/ Omigosh, I just had a thought: will the Met Council allow steam trips over "their" part of the line, or will steam trips even...
by SOO2719
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Great Northern 2523
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Great Northern 2523

I meant now with no past tense limit, of course. :D But "on display" would be simpler, and so it now is.
by SOO2719
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Great Northern 2523
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Great Northern 2523

Two more pics. I visited the 2523 this past Sunday. I'd never seen a Great Northern steam engine before, so I remedied that with a day trip to Willmar just to see the 2523. :D
by SOO2719
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Great Northern 2523
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Great Northern 2523

Here are a few views of Great Northern 4-8-2 2523, on display at the county museum in Willmar, MN. She sure is some beauty.
by SOO2719
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

I dunno what LSRM's rationale is, Mark. I do think Eau Claire is being really weird about this, though. Why can't they let the engine stay in a good home like LSRM? And what if 2719 comes back and falls into limbo due to a new mayor taking office or something? I'd hate to see 2719 fall into limbo li...
by SOO2719
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

The latest: http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/06/27-wisconsin-city-approves-soo-line-2719-resolution (Article not behind paywall.) I first saw 2719 in action at Osceola, WI, twenty years ago, at "Steamfest In The Valley", an event which saw her, NP 328, and SOO 1003 all in operatio...
by SOO2719
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/06/25-soo-line-no-2719-may-return-to-wisconsin-for-display

(Article not behind paywall.)

Quite frankly, I do not see why Eau Claire does not completely relinquish control of this magnificent engine to the Lake Superior museum.
by SOO2719
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

Here is a photo of a Great Northern passenger train crossing the Stone Arch Bridge during the glory days of steam.

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by SOO2719
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

Freight traffic (coal trains mostly?) used the bridge until 1982, four years after the last passenger train crossed in 1978.
by SOO2719
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

The bridge was technically closed in 1993 after the rails across the span were lifted in 1982. Someone with a wire cutter and the stealth of Steve McQueen from The Great Escape had cut a hole in the chain link fence on the bridge's eastern end by 1993, however. Through that portal, I and other adven...
by SOO2719
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

The State ponied up one million to keep the bridge open, but not the 13 million needed for extensive repair work. I hope this band aid solution does not lead to the loss of Mr. Hill's fine bridge, one I had the fun privilege of crossing before it was converted into a pedestrian bridge. Ah the feel o...

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