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Getting to the Milwaukee Road 261 6/1/ 2017



by Chris Guenzler



I decided after getting a E-mail from the Friends of the Milwaukee Road 261 in early April about two train trips on the Red River Valley and Western Railroad at a good price so I got tickets for me. I then got my airline tickets then called Bill Compton to see if he wanted to go and that was "Yes!" We would take care of the rental car and I would get our hotel rooms, I contacted so other smaller railroad to go and ride and then planned a great trip. Bill would pick me up at 6:30 AM and we parked in the long term lot across from the airport north on Interstate 405. That morning we took the bus shuttle to the airport. We both we TSA Prescreened so that made it very easy at security for both of us. We then waited for our flight.

Delta Airline Flight 1884 6/1/ 2017

I received an e-mail in early April from the Friends of the Milwaukee Road 261 about two train trips on the Red River Valley and Western Railroad. The price was good so decided to go and got my tickets. Next I bought my airline tickets then called Bill Compton to see if he wanted to go, which was "Yes!" He would take care of the rental car and I would get our hotel rooms. I contacted some other smaller railroads to ride and then planned a great trip. Bill picked me up at 6:30 AM and we parked in the long term lot across from the airport north on Interstate 405 and took the bus shuttle to the airport. We were both TSA pre-screened so that made it very easy at security for both of us. We then waited for our flight.

The flight was a quick one to the Twin Cities as I read Time on the flight, the book we are reading in Mrs. Ortega's classroom at Heninger. I finished the book just as we were about to touch down at MSP Airport. Bill and I went to the tram that took us the Advantage Rental Car counter where Bill got the car, a hybrid, that he wanted for the trip. We left the airport and drove a short way to a train station that I had wanted to take pictures of for years.

Minnehaha Depot 6/1/ 2017

Built in 1875 and referred to as the "Princess" because of its delicate gingerbread canopy. Minnehaha Depot stood on the first railroad line west of the Mississippi River to connect Minneapolis with Chicago.







The Minnehaha Depot.





The Minnehaha Depot historical sign. We left here and made our way south to Interstate 494 west where we fought traffic to MN 55 which we took west.







Soo Line station in Buffalo.







CP Rail 8568 east at Buffalo. We had dinner at Applebee's where I had a top sirloin. We headed west on MN 55.





Soo Line Caboose 101 at Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale.





Soo Line Annandale Station.





The Soo Line Glenwood Station.





Canadian Pacific SD60 6239. We took MN 28 north to Interstate 94 to Alexandria and a night at the Days Inn there.



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