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Twin Cities Freight Train (editor's title)

Burlington Northern freight train in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
A colorful image of a Burlington Northern Railroad freight train in St. Paul. The popular vantage point is the Jackson Street overpass in St. Paul and the large grain elevator in the background is a Minneapolis landmark—the principal grain-handling city of the two twins. The view dates from after 1970, the year of the four-way merger that created the Burlington Northern. The Jackson Street overpass is still a good photo location. Directly to the south of the diesel and just out of sight at the right of this photo is the existing Minnesota Transportation Museum Jackson Street Roundhouse and railroad collection. The rear of this train is just leaving the Westminster wye area, also a great photo location back then and presently. The track in the picture is former Great Northern tracks.
Source Wallace W. Abbey Collection
Rights Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Date Created 1974
Resource Type
Extent 35mm
Depicted Railroad
Location St. Paul, Minnesota
Creator Description Wallace W. “Wally” Abbey's interest in photographing railroads started at Cherryvale, Kansas, where he visited his grandparents during World War II. He kept his camera with him as a journalism student at the University of Kansas, associate editor at Trains, and through a succession of progressively more responsible jobs in the railroad industry. This resulted in the award for lifetime achievement in photography from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in 2003. A multi-talented person, he also is known for originating the Soo Line’s red-and-light-grey color scheme of 1962.
Collection Abbey Collection: preservation supported by Trains Magazine
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