Including the SOO. Industry deregulation began. Line rationalization, abandonments, reorganization and even bankruptcy would ultimately affect traditionally steady Midwest carriers like the Rock Island and Milwaukee Road. Despite difficult years in the 1980’s, the Soo Line remained a fascinating railroad. Technology alone would create an entirely different landscape and appearance to a road that would someday become a fallen flag…but not quite yet.
Watch as lens man Bob Rivard captures the transformation era with some of the first and finest VHS footage ever recorded. You will see aging SOO F units, Alco’s and early Geeps. Second generation power includes the EMD GP30, GP35, GP40 and SD40, transitioning into the later series of GP38 and SD40 “dash two” series locomotives. Even one rare appearance of “The Beast”! View day-to-day switching and classification activity at Minneapolis based Shoreham and Humboldt Yards. Visit transfer activity taking place at locations like the old “Railway Transfer Yard” downtown and the busy mainline locations of New Brighton and Cardigan Junction in St. Paul, MN. Watch Soo Line trains drag grain, potash, company ballast and Canadian “bridge traffic” in and out of the Twin Cites on Shoreham Hill often requiring helpers to shove behind the caboose! Witness a little drama out the bay window at the original New Brighton depot as the operator debates train movement with the conductor of SOO’s Transfer #1 job on “Pre CTC” portions of Twin Cities trackage.