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All of Tom Farence's pictures with stories. These are too incredible not to put in an album. Will include other's photos if they have a write up to go with.
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Photo ID: 745090

Back in 1986 I was promoted to a Road Foreman's position based in Chicago for the NEW SOO LINE RR that now included the entire Milwaukee Road property.....since us old Milwaukee guy's basically to... (more)

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: GE C40-8W (Dash 8-40CW)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 815
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1992


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Aug 14, 2020

Views: 5,789
Comments: 1

Favorited: 15
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Photo ID: 742722

It's a bitter cold day on the "Old Milwaukee Road"......we've made it as far as Brookfield,WI.starting out at Milwaukee at 6:45AM and now it's sunset at Brookfield.....since we still can work till... (more)

Railroad: Milwaukee Road
Locomotive: Brookfield Depot Sunset
Location: Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: TOSA Patrol
Photo Date: 1969


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Jul 19, 2020

Views: 3,139
Comments: 3

Favorited: 13
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Photo ID: 741250

A pair of freights claw their way up the 2.2% grades approaching Cajon Pass as they leave San Bernardino behind on a crystal-clear spring day. On the left, on Santa Fes First District, is a Unio... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD40
Location: Devore, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 3051
Train ID: UP westbound
Photo Date: March 25, 1978


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 03, 2020

Views: 3,044
Comments: 1

Favorited: 14

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Photo ID: 740567

Sometimes when you think you're hot you're not.......I'm sitting in the Engineer's seat of the Ford Fast on the westward mainline of the Milwaukee Road's LaCrosse Division. The Watertown Operator ... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: 261's Caboose
Location: Watertown(Voltz), Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1977


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Jun 27, 2020

Views: 6,215
Comments: 3

Favorited: 31
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Photo ID: 738598

Wisconsin Central GP35M 4007 leads a GP30 and another GP35M at Spencer WI April 1989. Jim Shepard Photo from my Collection.

Railroad: Wisconsin Central
Locomotive: EMD GP35M
Location: Spencer, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: WC 4007
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 02, 1989


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By: Cody White

Added: Jun 07, 2020

Views: 986
Comments: 0

Favorited: 6


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Photo ID: 735462

SOO 233 has stopped it's train on the north end of Glendale Yard on the mainline and has gone into the yard to make a pick-up. North Milwaukee tower is on the left and I'm standing in front of the... (more)

Railroad: Soo Line
Locomotive: GE U30C
Location: North Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: SOO 806
Train ID: SOO 233
Photo Date: 1977


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By: Tom Farence

Added: May 10, 2020

Views: 4,575
Comments: 2

Favorited: 20
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Photo ID: 735303

It appears that LeRoy has the crossovers lined(how he did it is beyond me) as Amtrak's North Coast Hiawatha approaches on the eastward main. It appears the other person with LeRoy is Jerry Cherney... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 188
Train ID: MILW 213
Photo Date: 1977


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By: Tom Farence

Added: May 08, 2020

Views: 6,154
Comments: 4

Favorited: 30
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Photo ID: 735002

There's snow everywhere....we're stopped on the Ford Train westbound at the crossover switches just east of MP 105 at Pewaukee to get Amtrak's North Coast Hiawatha around us. Brookfield section bo... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 188
Train ID: MILW 213
Photo Date: 1977


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By: Tom Farence

Added: May 04, 2020

Views: 7,609
Comments: 2

Favorited: 24
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Photo ID: 730508

One of the huge losses insofar as scenic lines was the Rio Grande route via Tennessee Pass that carried just enough traffic to keep things interesting. I was working as relief agent at Minturn and... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP40-2
Location: Minturn, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 3111
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1977


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By: Rick Erben

Added: Mar 29, 2020

Views: 3,043
Comments: 0

Favorited: 19
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Photo ID: 729206

It's about 11PM on a cold snowy night in the north country of Wisconsin.....while most people are headin for bed I'm about to embark on a journey east from Portage to Milwaukee on a couple of old ... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Portage, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 117C
Train ID: MILW 254
Photo Date: 1977


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Mar 18, 2020

Views: 6,186
Comments: 1

Favorited: 33


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Photo ID: 728850

After taking ALL they could take in passenger and freight service the 103C and the 71C face an uncertain future being sent to the back yard as it were know back then in West Milwaukee Shops. LINES... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: 103C/71C
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1979


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Mar 15, 2020

Views: 8,063
Comments: 1

Favorited: 11
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Photo ID: 728849

Sandwiched in between two covered wagons and sitting on dolly trucks was the 628. CMStP&P 628 was the Bellingham,WA. switcher for years. It has come back from a long career on the west coast(1954)... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SW1200
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: 64A/628/87B
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1979


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Mar 15, 2020

Views: 6,039
Comments: 1

Favorited: 8
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Photo ID: 728516

From 1966 to 1985 I was employed by the Milwaukee Road in engine service between Milwaukee and Lacrosse,WI..In 1986 I was promoted by the Soo Line RR which purchased what was left of the Milwaukee... (more)

Railroad: Soo Line
Locomotive: EMD GP7
Location: Dubuque, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: SOO 376
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1992


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Mar 12, 2020

Views: 4,487
Comments: 2

Favorited: 22
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Photo ID: 727430

Back in 67 ..I've got one year seniority as a Fireman/Hostler on my families RR...THE MILWAUKEE ROAD....well...in Milwaukee where 10,000 people worked for the CMStP&P it WAS the biggest and best ... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SW1200
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 631
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1967


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Mar 02, 2020

Views: 4,379
Comments: 6

Favorited: 24
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Photo ID: 727118

I'm a brand new Locomotive Engineer just promoted a few months ago from a Locomotive Fireman. So far since the 60's I broke in as a Telegrapher/Leverman Agent/OPR with Howard Wolfert....broke in a... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Portage, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 77C
Train ID: MILW 272
Photo Date: 1970


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Feb 28, 2020

Views: 4,559
Comments: 4

Favorited: 25
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