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East End Friday Night special

dan mackey's picture

Not to neglect other railroads in town, here are a few shots from the neighborhood I grew up in, and am back in these days.
My parents house was in the SE quadrant of Newton Ave where the C&NW crossed the BN. A trained teenage ear got me running out the door many times.
If I heard the BN I could bolt across the neighbors yard for a shot like this.

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Or if I was fast enough I could catch the Old Town yard job, via a foot path through the field.

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I occasionally shot a few of the cars like these NP and GN boxcars, probably in flour service.

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Every now and then I would get fooled by the horn on the BN, but shot the work trains too.

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C&NW ran a lot more trains back then, I remember looking down the tracks at the semaphore to tell if a train was coming, if I had time I would head for the diamond.

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If not I could run across the tracks at 26th Ave for a shot like this

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And if my timing was really off I could just step out on the Ave.

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Another neat job that worked East End was the flour mill transfers, the C&NW used their East End yard for interchange with the BN. I'm not sure why but it seems to me the C&NW could bring cars down to the Old Town Yard but could not bring them back with them, and the BN could bring cars up to the C&NW but not bring any back. At least that is how I remember it, don't recall it happening any other way. Here is the 1301 working that transfer on the wye at Newton Ave.

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That's it for now, back to scanning mode for a while.

Dan Mackey
Superior, WI