Steam Saturday: Surrounded by the Milwaukee Road

Canadian Pacific 2816 before its departure on Aug. 29, 2007

Over the years I’ve photographed and ridden trips behind Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261. However in 2007 and 2008 there were trips in which we were surrounded by visions of the Milwaukee Road but 261 nowhere in sight.

In August 2007, Jeff Troutman and myself Amtraked to Minneapolis to ride a ferry move excursion from Minneapolis to Milwaukee behind Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 No. 2816.

During our layover in Chicago we had time to take a Metra commuter train to Franklin Park and return in time to catch the Empire Builder to Minneapolis.

The following August I returned again to Minneapolis with my brother Ronnie and two of his boys, Alex and Ryan for two ballgames at the Metrodome.

All the photos except for one have something tied to the Milwaukee Road.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

At Franklin Park, Illinois
This city bus in Minneapolis caught us by surprise in August 2007
The former Milwaukee Road passenger station in Minneapolis is now a hotel. We stayed there in 2008
The Mary Tyler Moore statue in downtown Minneapolis on the the spot where she threw her hat up in the air in the opening of the show every week.
Steaming east on former Milwaukee Road rails in August 2007
The old and the new on Canadian Pacific
Jeff Troutman during the service stop in Portage, Wisconsin.
At Sturtevant, Wisconsin

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