When I became a locomotive engineer in 2002, the last test was a check ride aboard Soo 6063, CP's SD60 simulator. It was nerve-racking; you had to set and release the air multiple times in order ... (more)
Getting up close and personal with a hump retarder in action is not for the faint of heart. Especially on Milwaukee Road in 1972. Here we have a boxcar getting clamped as it progresses down the hu... (more)
The fall sun sets on MILW 2052, a non-dynamic brake GP40 mated up with a dynamic brake version as they pull to a stop to wait out the passing of a BN coal train at Dayton's Bluff. This location is... (more)
Times are tough in fall 1982, and Milwaukee Road was storing some of their locomotives. Here we have 7 GP20Ms parked at Pigs Eye Yard not far from the roundhouse area. These Geeps were rebuilt fro... (more)
Milwaukee Road owned six of these FM "Baby or Junior Trainmasters", and I've spotted two at St. Paul over the years. The 550 is photographed in Pigs Eye yard handling some switching. I h... (more)
MILW 651, an SW1200 built in November 1954 cools off outside the Pigs Eye Yard next to the roundhouse. The unit will serve MILW for 12 more years, being retired in February 1985. Next to 651, Bald... (more)
CNW 4705 switches cars near Hoffman Avenue in the waning light of a beautiful day in October of 1992.
Back in 1972 I had the opportunity to access Milwaukee Road's Pigs Eye Yard and was able to get up close and personal with the retarder below the hump. Here a MILW cow-calf set has shoved a string... (more)
Three year old FP45s nos. 3 and 1 pair up in their second color scheme and new assignment: freight service. Purchased for Hiawatha passenger service the units were delivered in UP yellow, but were... (more)
BN 3102 leads a train thru Dayton's Bluff in the late evening light in October of 1991.
UP Delivery: Wearing both hats, the Shakopee job now delivers cars to the UP Belt Yard, and will then head out to deliver cars to the UP at Valley Park. Note the grade just coming out of th... (more)
A pair of CSX units lead V-BLUPTL deep in BNSF territory on a sunny February afternoon in Minnesota.
EMD Leasing 1557 (ex-NW 1557) leads a freight thru Hoffman Avenue in St. Paul, MN in October of 1991.
Beneath Dayton’s Bluff, a westbound freight picks its way through Hoffman Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the afternoon of March 22, 1986. Two Milwaukee Road GP20s lead the train, and were not t... (more)
...Adam Farence Photo.