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7/25/2017
 
 
 
 
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A Glimpse Of Track
Title:  A Glimpse Of Track
Description:  Interurbans to freights to football specials once traversed these rusty rails on the old Dan Patch/Minneapolis, Northfield, and Southern main line. A footpath crossing the Burnsville/Savage border between Court Place in Burnsville and a Savage city trail has kept the vegetation cleared to the point the rails are visible. A rare sight along the line in Burnsville, where overgrowth is the thickest.
Photo Date:  7/24/2017  Upload Date: 7/24/2017 7:47:31 PM
Location:  Burnsville, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Track
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"Looney Tunes" Link?
Title:  "Looney Tunes" Link?
Description:  Some wag decorated this Montana Rail Link hopper with Marvin the Martian, flanked by urban art that is impossible to decipher. Looks like some punks and a Looney Tunes fan tagged this car.
Photo Date:  7/20/2017  Upload Date: 7/20/2017 7:57:17 PM
Location:  Shakopee, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  RollingStock
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Veteran Unit
Title:  Veteran Unit
Description:  Riverland SG's veteran SW unit (SW-1?) sits beneath warm, hazy skies at Riverland AG on a Thursday afternoon.
Photo Date:  7/20/2017  Upload Date: 7/20/2017 7:55:54 PM
Location:  Shakopee, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Roster
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Views:  16   Comments: 1
Back At Valley Park
Title:  Back At Valley Park
Description:  The Valley Park yard power cools its heels after the crew brought them back to the yard after a jaunt up the old Omaha main line on a warm, hazy Thursday.
Photo Date:  7/20/2017  Upload Date: 7/20/2017 7:55:11 PM
Location:  Shakopee, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  UP 716(GP38-2) UP 664(GP38-2)
Views:  7   Comments: 0
The Whole Train
Title:  The Whole Train
Description:  Finally, here is a portrait of the whole train. The motive power had nine steel coil cars and three empty bulkhead flats strung out behind them. All these cars were destined for shippers located west of Highway 169 along Uncle Pete's Golden Valley Industrial Lead. This line has roots back to not only the Chicago and North Western but also the Minneapolis & St. Louis and the Minnesota Western.
Photo Date:  7/13/2017  Upload Date: 7/13/2017 11:09:29 PM
Location:  Golden Valley, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 706(GP38-2) UP 1106(GP60)
Views:  21   Comments: 0
Out To Lunch?
Title:  Out To Lunch?
Description:  A closer look at the stopped Union Pacific local I came across early on the afternoon of July 13 along the Golden Valley Industrial Lead (ex-Chicago and North Western, exx-Minneapolis & St. Louis, exx-Minnesota Western). Looks like the crew had gone to lunch (aka "beans")?
Photo Date:  7/13/2017  Upload Date: 7/13/2017 11:08:49 PM
Location:  Golden Valley, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 706(GP38-2) UP 1106(GP60)
Views:  20   Comments: 0
Paused Local
Title:  Paused Local
Description:  The Union Pacific local sits paused just east of Highway 169 and Mendelsshon Avenue North on an unseasonably cloudy and cool July afternoon.
Photo Date:  7/13/2017  Upload Date: 7/13/2017 11:07:40 PM
Location:  Golden Valley, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 706(GP38-2) UP 1106(GP60)
Views:  17   Comments: 0
Ready To Depart
Title:  Ready To Depart
Description:  A view from the RPO just before the train left Osceola for Dresser.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 11:29:32 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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About To Move On Down
Title:  About To Move On Down
Description:  BN 325 is about to head on down the siding at Dresser to couple up to the other end for the trip back to Osceola.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 11:17:21 PM
Location:  Dresser, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  BN 325(SDP40)
Views:  22   Comments: 0
Just About Time To Depart
Title:  Just About Time To Depart
Description:  A view of the Osceola platform reveals a family waiting to watch the train depart and MTM crew members down by the station. Just about time to depart for Dresser. When we left this day, the train first backed up so Walt, the MTMer on duty in the NP RPO car (from which this pic was taken) could do a demo of dropping off and picking up mail on the fly. He performed both like the veteran railroader he is.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 11:18:34 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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Views:  11   Comments: 0
From Annandale to Chisago
Title:  From Annandale to Chisago
Description:  This is boxcar 4980, a car of Iowa Central/Minneapolis & St. Louis vintage. The car was part of the late Don Lind's collection in Annandale, MN. Now the car has a new home on the Iron Horse Central. (Thank you for the tour you gave me this day, Eric.)
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 10:51:54 PM
Location:  Chisago City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  RollingStock
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Views:  9   Comments: 0
NP 31
Title:  NP 31
Description:  Portrait of Iron Horse Central's Northern Pacific Russel snowplow, taken on a warm Saturday afternoon during Memorial Day weekend 2017. (Thanks again to Eric for the tour.)
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 11:03:17 PM
Location:  Chisago City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  RollingStock
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Views:  16   Comments: 0
St. Paul Union Depot's Original Sign
Title:  St. Paul Union Depot's Original Sign
Description:  I was amazed when I was told this is the original sign from St. Paul Union Depot. Whether or not it will return to SPUD is a good question, but for now the Iron Horse Central is giving it a safe haven. (My thanks to Eric for the permission to take this pic of this relic.)
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 10:43:15 PM
Location:  Chisago City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station
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DWP 69928
Title:  DWP 69928
Description:  Another Duluth, Winnipeg, and Pacific bunk car at the Iron Horse Central. I never photographed any DWP equipment until this day.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 10:39:34 PM
Location:  Chisago City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  RollingStock
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Views:  11   Comments: 0
DWP Bunk Car
Title:  DWP Bunk Car
Description:  This bunk car from the Duluth, Winnipeg, and Pacific is stenciled "For Engine Men Only" at the lower left. I guess engineers and firemen used this car as sleeping quarters?
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 10:37:03 PM
Location:  Chisago City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  RollingStock,Signal
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Views:  18   Comments: 0
Steam Trio
Title:  Steam Trio
Description:  A trio of steam at Iron Horse Central. 923 is slated to get a new cab and tender. (My thanks to Eric for the tour he gave me this day.)
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 10:25:43 PM
Location:  Chisago City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  NP 927(0-6-0) IHCR 1(0-4-0T) IHCR 4(0-4-0T)
Views:  25   Comments: 0
IHCR 4  In The Barn
Title:  IHCR 4 In The Barn
Description:  Iron Horse Central's sturdy 0-4-0 rests in the storage barn on a warm Saturday during Memorial Day weekend 2017. (My thanks to Eric for the tour.)
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 10:18:12 PM
Location:  Chisago City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  IHCR 4(0-4-0T)
Views:  15   Comments: 0
CGW Survivor
Title:  CGW Survivor
Description:  This Chicago Great Western flanger marker, distinctive because of its star shape, found a new home at the Iron Horse Central after being in use on the Cannon Falls line. (My thanks to Eric for giving me a mini-tour this day.) Groningen station is in the background.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 10:12:54 PM
Location:  Chisago City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station,Steam,Track
Locomotives:  NP 927(0-6-0)
Views:  24   Comments: 0
Farewell Dresser
Title:  Farewell Dresser
Description:  The ex-Soo Line recedes into the distance as the train returns to Osceola.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 9:57:10 PM
Location:  Dresser, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Passenger,Action
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Views:  13   Comments: 0
Kibitzing Before Departure
Title:  Kibitzing Before Departure
Description:  With the passengers back on board, the MTM crew indulges in some kibitzing on the platform before departure time for Osceola.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 9:55:52 PM
Location:  Dresser, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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Views:  22   Comments: 0
Memorial Day Crowd
Title:  Memorial Day Crowd
Description:  A healthy crowd rode the train to Dresser this day. The bulk of them can be seen here waiting to tour the beautifully restored Dresser depot.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 9:55:21 PM
Location:  Dresser, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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Views:  15   Comments: 0
Moving To The Other End
Title:  Moving To The Other End
Description:  The MTM crew takes the 325 to the other end of the train during the stopover at Dresser on a warm Saturday afternoon on the first day of Memorial Day weekend 2017.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 9:39:45 PM
Location:  Dresser, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  BN 325(SDP40)
Views:  21   Comments: 1
Train Is Back In
Title:  Train Is Back In
Description:  A portrait of the 325 and MTM crew after the train from Dresser returned to Osceola. Soon the train would be off to Marine on St. Croix once again this busy Memorial Day weekend.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 9:39:15 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  BN 325(SDP40)
Views:  12   Comments: 0
Caboose Of Memories
Title:  Caboose Of Memories
Description:  BN (ex-GN) X71 always makes me remember cabooses just like it that I saw on BN trains passing through Wayzata, MN, during the mid-1980s. They vanished all too soon, but quite a few remain today, serving up nostalgia whenever I see one.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/28/2017 9:40:45 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Roster,RollingStock
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Views:  15   Comments: 0
Train Signal
Title:  Train Signal
Description:  Portrait of the train signal at Osceola.
Photo Date:  4/23/2017  Upload Date: 4/24/2017 7:49:31 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  19   Comments: 0
Train Is Back
Title:  Train Is Back
Description:  The crew of the train just returned from Marine on St. Croix tend to both the engine and helping a father and son disembark after riding in the cab.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 11:23:44 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  BN 325(SDP40)
Views:  28   Comments: 0
BN 6234 At Rest
Title:  BN 6234 At Rest
Description:  BN gem 6234 rests on the house track at Osceola on Memorial Day weekend 2017.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 11:21:47 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  BN 6234(SD9)
Views:  32   Comments: 0
Depot Girll Marquee
Title:  Depot Girll Marquee
Description:  The marquee of the Depot Grill still shows a stylized version of the Minnesota Zephyr years after the train was trucked out of town.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 8:40:53 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  14   Comments: 0
The Time Machine Is Gone
Title:  The Time Machine Is Gone
Description:  This sign touting the Minnesota Zephyr still remains beneath the sign for the Depot Grill. "Travel back in time"? Sorry, the time machine is now gone, folks.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 8:23:46 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  13   Comments: 0
Platform Bereft Of Rails
Title:  Platform Bereft Of Rails
Description:  The platform side of the Depot Grill is bereft of the rails that once held the colorful Minnesota Zephyr. Brown's Creek Trail is at far right.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 8:15:57 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  16   Comments: 0
Closed And Forlorn
Title:  Closed And Forlorn
Description:  The Stillwater Depot Grill, former home of the Minnesota Zephyr, is a pool of quiet in the vibrant midst of downtown Stillwater on Memorial Day weekend 2017.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 8:22:48 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  11   Comments: 0
Trolley Truck
Title:  Trolley Truck
Description:  A view of the trolley truck on the ex-Valley Fair trolley at Stillwater. Landlocked but good, this car is in need of a new home.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 8:06:27 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tony Held
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Views:  15   Comments: 0
Front End
Title:  Front End
Description:  A view of the front end of the ex-Valley Fair trolley parked on a surviving piece of track at the now closed Depot Grill. I have fond memories of riding these cars when I was a kid.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 8:05:46 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station
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Views:  12   Comments: 0
Oasis Of Rails
Title:  Oasis Of Rails
Description:  An oasis of rails remains at the closed Depot Grill, housing this former Valley Fair trolley. Note the Brown's Creek Trail at right, which now occupies the former Northern Pacific corridor the Minnesota Zephyr once operated on.
Photo Date:  5/27/2017  Upload Date: 5/27/2017 8:03:24 PM
Location:  Stillwater, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station,Track
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Views:  13   Comments: 0
Up To The Station On A Switching Move
Title:  Up To The Station On A Switching Move
Description:  What looks like a northbound freight is actually a switch move. The crew had just begun to reverse back into Northtown's north end when I snapped this picture. Still looks nice, though.
Photo Date:  5/7/2017  Upload Date: 5/7/2017 10:02:14 PM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5473(C44-9W) BNSF 9375(SD70ACe)
Views:  25   Comments: 1
Northbound Northstar
Title:  Northbound Northstar
Description:  The last northbound run of the day stops at Fridley station, where many Twins fans returning from Target field will get off and a handful of commuters will board.
Photo Date:  5/7/2017  Upload Date: 5/7/2017 9:51:51 PM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  MNRX 504(MP36PH-3C) MNRX 505(MP36PH-3C)
Views:  18   Comments: 0
Skally South of 140th
Title:  Skally South of 140th
Description:  The Skally Line regains its rails south of 140th Street North. The jointed rail goes back to the days of the Northern Pacific, which once wheeled freight and passenger trains through here going to and from the Twin Ports.
Photo Date:  5/7/2017  Upload Date: 5/7/2017 9:38:01 PM
Location:  Hugo, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Track
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Views:  18   Comments: 0
Green Signal For Northstar
Title:  Green Signal For Northstar
Description:  Loaded with a mix of Twins fans returning from Target Field and commuters, the last northbound Northstar of the day departs Fridley beneath gorgeous May skies.
Photo Date:  5/7/2017  Upload Date: 5/7/2017 9:42:28 PM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station,Signal,Passenger,Action
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Views:  23   Comments: 0
Northstar Power
Title:  Northstar Power
Description:  Portrait of two Northstar units at Fridley station.
Photo Date:  5/7/2017  Upload Date: 5/7/2017 9:41:34 PM
Location:  Fridley, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Station,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  MNRX 505(MP36PH-3C) MNRX 504(MP36PH-3C)
Views:  13   Comments: 0
"Exempt" All Right
Title:  "Exempt" All Right
Description:  The 140th Street North grade crossing in Hugo still has rails, but they end abruptly on the north side, where the rail trail takes over on the old Skally Line.
Photo Date:  5/7/2017  Upload Date: 5/7/2017 9:32:09 PM
Location:  Hugo, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Track
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Views:  13   Comments: 0
Where The Rails End
Title:  Where The Rails End
Description:  At 140th Street north, the intact portion of the Skally Line in Hugo comes to an abrupt end and the trail takes over. What a sight!
Photo Date:  5/7/2017  Upload Date: 5/7/2017 9:13:53 PM
Location:  Hugo, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Track
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Views:  16   Comments: 0
Montana Trio
Title:  Montana Trio
Description:  I have not seen Montana Rail Link engines in ages. I was ecstatic to find three of them as part of the motive power on an eastbound freight stopped for a red signal in Long Lake on this gray April afternoon.
Photo Date:  4/26/2017  Upload Date: 4/26/2017 5:41:50 PM
Location:  Long Lake, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  MRL 253(SD40-2XR) MRL 255(SD40-2XR) MRL 250(SD40-2)
Views:  20   Comments: 1
Montana Rail Link And BNSF
Title:  Montana Rail Link And BNSF
Description:  The fourth and fifth units on an eastbound freight stopped beneath gray April skies evokes the symbiotic relationship between Montana Rail Link and the BNSF.
Photo Date:  4/26/2017  Upload Date: 4/26/2017 5:42:05 PM
Location:  Long Lake, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5419(C44-9W) MRL 253(SD40-2XR)
Views:  15   Comments: 1
What Have We Here?
Title:  What Have We Here?
Description:  I spotted a stopped eastbound mixed freight in Long Lake which had five units for power. Upon closer inspection, I discovered three of them were from Big Sky Country!
Photo Date:  4/26/2017  Upload Date: 4/26/2017 5:41:24 PM
Location:  Long Lake, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 7409(ES44DC) MRL 250(SD40-2) MRL 255(SD40-2XR) MRL 253(SD40-2XR)
Views:  25   Comments: 1
Osceola In The Off Season
Title:  Osceola In The Off Season
Description:  Here is how Osceola looks during the off season. I can just sense the spirit of the Soo in the air.
Photo Date:  4/23/2017  Upload Date: 4/24/2017 7:47:55 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  RollingStock,Station,Passenger
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Views:  10   Comments: 0
BN X71 And Sign
Title:  BN X71 And Sign
Description:  MTM's BN caboose sits beneath partly sunny skies while keeping the Osceola depot and nearby sign company. I love how the house track remains in place here.
Photo Date:  4/23/2017  Upload Date: 4/24/2017 7:48:26 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  RollingStock,Station
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Views:  14   Comments: 0
Hallowed Logo
Title:  Hallowed Logo
Description:  A close up view of the hallowed Rock Island logo on the 2608.
Photo Date:  4/23/2017  Upload Date: 4/24/2017 7:50:03 PM
Location:  Osceola, WI
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  RollingStock,Passenger
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Views:  9   Comments: 0
The Monad Logo Lives!
Title:  The Monad Logo Lives!
Description:  A close up view of the St. Croix Valley's logo on their headquarters reveals the Northern Pacific "monad" logo is alive and well.
Photo Date:  4/23/2017  Upload Date: 4/23/2017 9:56:10 PM
Location:  Rush City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
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Views:  17   Comments: 0
Quiet Headquarters
Title:  Quiet Headquarters
Description:  The St. Croix Valley's headquarters was all quiet when I visited on the second to last Sunday in April, 2017.
Photo Date:  4/23/2017  Upload Date: 4/23/2017 9:55:40 PM
Location:  Rush City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Track
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Views:  23   Comments: 0
Silent Skally
Title:  Silent Skally
Description:  Looking south from 4th Street on a Sunday afternoon reveals all is quiet on the Skally Line.
Photo Date:  4/23/2017  Upload Date: 4/23/2017 9:55:16 PM
Location:  Rush City, MN
Author:  Tony Held
Categories:  Track
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Views:  16   Comments: 0


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