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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: 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: 4,145
Comments: 2

Favorited: 18
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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: 5,736
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: 7,243
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: 2,774
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: 5,847
Comments: 1

Favorited: 32


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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: 7,748
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: 5,838
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: 4,195
Comments: 2

Favorited: 21
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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: 4,082
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: 4,319
Comments: 4

Favorited: 24


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Photo ID: 722806

When I first moved to Colorado, one of my favorite photo targets was the twice-a-week West Local than ran out of North Yard. It still featured a vintage pair of Rio Grande GP30s, even though the r... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP30
Location: Rocky, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 3006
Train ID: UP West Local
Photo Date: November 20, 1997


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jan 15, 2020

Views: 3,337
Comments: 1

Favorited: 24
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Photo ID: 722687

We're stopped on the eastward main track with the westbound FORD train. We crossed over at Watertown to run against the grain(currant of traffic)between Watertown and Columbus. The Ford Train ran ... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Columbus, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 171
Train ID: MILW 213
Photo Date: 1975


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Jan 14, 2020

Views: 2,655
Comments: 1

Favorited: 19
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Photo ID: 720847

Milwaukee Road Engineer Ralph Dowske mugs for the camera at Portage as he readies to take train 262 "THE THUNDERHAWK" east to Milwaukee on its long journey from Tacoma,WA.to Chicago,IL.. Ralph was... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: GE U25B
Location: Portage, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 5051
Train ID: MILW 262
Photo Date: 1973


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Dec 27, 2019

Views: 5,418
Comments: 0

Favorited: 24
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Photo ID: 720767

We're stopped on the westward main at Harwood Ave.just outside of Milwaukee right around dawn in Wauwatos,WI.. The DS had crossed us over at Duplainville to run wrong main to Grand Avenue. The rea... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: GE U36C
Location: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 5802
Train ID: MILW 254
Photo Date: 1976


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Dec 26, 2019

Views: 2,679
Comments: 1

Favorited: 16
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Photo ID: 720672

It's about lunch time Christmas day between Fall River and Doylestown,WI. and we're in the ditch on an eastbound freight train. The Holmes crew is hard at work re-trucking an old insulated boxcar ... (more)

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD GP40
Location: Fall River/Doylestown, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 25, 1978


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Dec 25, 2019

Views: 4,223
Comments: 2

Favorited: 13
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