Fort Snelling Troop Trains

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Fort Snelling Troop Trains
Posted by SPer on Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:05 PM

Can you tell me which railroad  took the Fort Snelling troop trains from the Twin Cities to the West Coast after the attack of Pearl Harbor.

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Posted by Deggesty on Saturday, January 11, 2020 8:03 PM

The direct routing possibly was the Omaha road to Omaha and thnxe UP-SP to San Francisco or UP to Los Angeles.

However, many different routings were used between particular city pairs.

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Posted by NP Eddie on Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:54 PM

Fort Snelling, MN was on the MILW only, so the MILW probably handed off the trains to the OMAHA south of the Twin Cities.

One suggestion is to contact the Minnesota Historical Society to request more information on the Fort Snelling troop trains.

 

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Posted by SPer on Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:41 PM

Or the Milwaukee Road could take troop train from Fort Snelling to Kansas City, MO and handed to Santa Fe to Los Angeles or the MILW handed the train to GN or NP at SPUD (Saint Paul Union Depot) for the Seattle run.

 

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Posted by NP Eddie on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 2:32 PM

SPer:

I talked to my fellow clerk who was of MILW and GN lineage and he has seen pictures of Fort Snelling troop trains, but does not know how they where routed out of the Twin Cities. Their hand off to another railroad would depend on their routing. Trains for the west coast probably were routed MILW to the Pacific Northwest. My suggestion is to contact the MILW Historical Society for more information.

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Posted by SPer on Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:36 PM

Great Northern and Northern Pacific also serves the Twin Cities,too

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Posted by NP Eddie on Sunday, January 19, 2020 4:45 PM

The question of troop trains on the MILW would be one for the MILW Historical Society to answer.

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Posted by wjstix on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 9:53 PM

I suppose it would depend where they were going - Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego? 

Keep in mind the Twin Cities grew up around the fort. If you're driving across the Mendota Bridge from Mendota Heights across the Minnesota River towards the fort, you can see Ft. Snelling, Twin Cities Int'l Airport, downtown Minneapolis, and Downtown St.Paul. Within a few miles of the fort, the Milwaukee could pass the train to the GN, NP, Burlington, Rock Island, C&NW / CMO, M-St.L, or CGW.

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