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Locomotive Lifter

Locomotive Lifter

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted the sadly derailed train car along the North Cedar Lake Regional trail? I am happy to report that all is well, the car is back on the tracks and this is one of the cool machines they used to put it back where it belongs. I was able to have a conversation with some of the crew and found out that these are the machines that they use to lift anything that’s off track, including locomotives! They pull up along side of what they are going to lift, the crane on the left is what they hook on to the lift and the thing on the right of the machine is a huge counterweight. They pick it up and just drive it to where it goes, just look at those treads! Locomotives weigh upwards of 350,000 pounds, so it needs to be pretty stout.

View up the Greenway from Uptown

View of the Greenway from Uptown

Looking east from above Uptown, you can see almost every avenue in Minneapolis from Hennepin to Minnehaha has it’s very own bridge that goes over the Greenway. It’s a very unique trail to check out, next time you are in Uptown, take a look or bring your bike and check it out. You can bike all the way to the Mississippi River on the Greenway trail. You’ll enjoy it!

Bike Trail Wildflowers

Wildflowers Love the Rain

I love this time of year and these are a few of my favorite wildflowers. I took this photo along the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail, that’s the bike trail that runs parallel to I-394. Do you know what any of these flowers are? I’d love to know, please tell me in the comments below. Thanks!

Misery and Short Life Rumbles through Kenwood

Misery and Short Life Rumbles through Kenwood

Never forget, Minneapolis is still a major railroad junction. This is the Twin Cities & Western line and that is three of their eight engines heading westbound through Kenwood on what used to be the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad’s main line out of the city. Their yards used to be where the Sam’s club is now, which is where St. Louis Park got it’s name. One of their lines went through the town in South Dakota that my dad grew up in. Out there, it had the nickname ‘Misery and Short Life Railroad’ — from the abbreviation ‘M & St. L RR’ on the engines.

Railroad Signal Replaced

Railroad Signal Replaced

Ever wonder what was below ground on a railroad signal? I hadn’t until I saw them pull one out of the ground along the Greenway Corridor bike trail. As I was approaching them I saw the thing swinging on the chain. Very strange to see, It’s up there with baby pigeons and parking meter coin collectors.