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  • Blog Post: The Railway Man, he was one of us

    There once lived a man named Eric Lomax. He lived in Scotland, fought in World War II, and survived torture at the hands of Japanese captors only to lead a troubled adult life in Britain. He died in 2012. For Trains readers, his life story is poignant and remarkable because he was one of us. The...
  • Blog Post: Train-watching at Missouri Valley

    The town of Missouri Valley, Iowa, is 40 miles north of Omaha, Neb., on I-29. It's the site of some of the most concentrated and intense mainline freight action you'll ever see. And I make it a point to get out there whenever business takes me to Omaha. Such was the case the week of Halloween for the...
  • Blog Post: Goin' to the end of the line

    The towns along Minnesota Northern Railroad’s Warroad Subdivision could form the backdrop for Garrison Keillor’s stories, or provide set locations for the Coen Brothers’ movie Fargo . Tall gray grain elevators provide the only vertical relief; each fall, they fill with the bounty of the fields that stretch...
  • Blog Post: The perfect morning

    My cell phone alarm rang at 3 a.m. mountain daylight time, and I forced myself out of the cheap motel bed I'd spent the night in. By 3:30, myself and a railfan friend of mine were passing through Badlands National Park. There was no chance of finding coffee at this hour of the morning, so the best I...