Soo Line 559 owned and operated by the Minnesota Transportation Museum (thus lettered MNTX), heads up an excursion train at Osceola, WI. The museum has restored a former GN Big Sky Blue box car fo... (more)
Soo Line 559 owned and operated by the Minnesota Transportation Museum (thus lettered MNTX), heads up an excursion train at Osceola, WI. The paint scheme is unique in that the "pine tree"... (more)
On this particular weekend SOO 559 was in charge of the Marine on St. Croix/Maple Island excursions. However, the locomotive put up quite a fight in order to be started. The workers tried to sta... (more)
After tying down our train in downtown Dresser and grabbing dinner across the street, we return back to our Geep to keep on switching. The classic Dresser depot may be over 120 years old but stil... (more)
"Soo Line 559" (ex-Rock Island 1223) in fresh paint at Osceola, with 4-6-0 No. 328. This unit was delivered to the Rock Island in 1951, went to the C&NW in 1981, and ended its career with the Wis... (more)
Cut off the train at the end of the day and parked on the house track. The small ballast car in the background shares the track with the locomotive...
Even after hours the place is buzzing with activity with 559, coach 1096, and Soo caboose 31 in the shops. As the rains moved in it was still in the 60's on this very warm March night.
Only the main lead track is cleared out after the storm for basic access to the roundhouse. 559 won't be going anywhere today...
Taking a spin on the turntable...
Sitting outside the shops with business car A11, they have returned from Osceola for the winter.
MNTX 559 recieves last minute work on the turntable as we prepare to move it to Osceola for the coming rail season. For more info check out www.mtmuseum.org