about about search support browse contact

A Remarkable Movie-Like Sequence

Train 58 at Tunnel City, Wisconsin
On June 18, 1961, John Gruber captured a sequence depicting the daily, all-stops local passener train of the Milwaukee Road going through a tunnel at Tunnel City, Wisconsin. The tunnel still is used daily. The image appeared on the cover of the November 1961 issue of "Trains," with the title: "HERE COMES NO. 58 ... in a remarkable movielike sequence of photos," a title bestowed by Editor David P. Morgan, who devoted four pages to the sequence of seven images. The train picked up and dropped off mail and express packages on its 12-hour, 20-minute, 421-mile run between Minneapolis and Chicago. Gruber used a fast-advance lever on his Pentax, rather than a motor drive. Few railroad or highway tunnels exist in Wisconsin, but were required occasionally in the unglaciated parts of the state, the "Driftless Area."
Alternate Title Train Going Through the Tunnel City, Wisconsin, Tunnel (editor's title)
Source John Gruber
Coverage Spatial, Tunnel City, Wisconsin; Temporal, June 18, 1961
Rights John Gruber
Date Created 1961-06-18
Resource Type
Extent 8 in x 10 in
Depicted Railroad
Location Tunnel City, Wisconsin
Creator Description John Gruber is a founder of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and editor of its journal, "Railroad Heritage." He has been a free-lance railroad photographer since 1960, and received an award from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in 1994 for lifetime achievement in photography. He is contributing editor to "Classic Trains," and co-author of four books.
Collection John Gruber Collection
Or, go to the Search Page
You can search the photos and collections using the links at the top, or log in to use the Forums and other features of the site.
Create a Login
Forget your password?


Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
and Trainmen

Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund
California State Railroad Museum
Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Cleveland Memory Project (CSU)
Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Lake Forest College Special Collections
McLean County Museum of History
Museum of the Rockies Photo Archive
Norfolk Southern Corporation
North American Railway Foundation
New York Transit Museum
Oakland Museum of California
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

  About Copyright © 2013 Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Major support provided by the North American Railway Foundation