This two DVD set takes a comprehensive look at the now gone DM&E:
Trains of the Dakota Minnesota & Eastern
Here is an up-close look at the Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad when it was still independent. The D&ME has since expanded and is now part of the Canadian Pacific family – but in this video you will see the DM&E as it was not that many years after start-up. This large 917 mile regional was formed in 1986 when it was purchased from the C&NW. In this video we’ll take a system-wide (shot in 1991-1994) look at this fascinating railroad with everything from yard switching to main and branch line freights, to the rail to barge terminal on the Mississippi River. The history is rich on this granger line as the huge grain elevators have been filling railroad cars for many decades and many of the original depots are still standing.
The DM&E’s 646 mile mainline starts at Winona, Minnesota and travels west across the rolling prairies and farmlands of Southern Minnesota. Then it continues through the wheat fields of the South Dakota great plains and into the Badlands where it eventually reaches the Black Hills at Rapid City. Motive power on the DM&E consists of GP9, GP38, GP40, SD9, SD10, and SD40-2 locomotives. You’ll see many locomotives with the DM&E’s attractive blue & gold livery, but will also see marked out units of the C&NW, Norfolk & Western, and the Milwaukee Road. This action packed video includes run-bys, a pace scene and a cab ride on SD10 #555, plus a brief look at the connecting railroads of the Chicago & North Western, Burlington Northern, Soo Line and Amtrak.
Dakota Minnesota & Eastern, The Final Days
Witness the end of the Dakota Minnesota & Eastern’s 22 year career as a large regional railroad. The DM&E was a large 1,103 mile regional railroad operating in the prairie Midwest. The line was purchased in 1986 from the Chicago & NorthWestern and operated for 22 years before being acquired in October of 2008 by the Canadian Pacific. Shot during the summer of 2008, this program shows a system-wide look at the DM&E’s last season as an independent railroad.
Starting in Winona, DM&E trains are seen traveling across the corn fields of Minnesota, then onto the great plains and wheat fields of South Dakota. Next the DM&E rolls through the Badlands to Rapid City. The train action then continues into the state of Wyoming and to the bentonite mines at Colony. This program features both DM&E yard switching and road freights across the scenic granger line that contains numerous large grain elevators, along with several historic and former C&NW depots. The DM&E’s locomotives include models: GP38-2, GP40, SD40-2 and SD40-3.
We also take a brief look at connecting CP and UP trains plus some steam action on the Black Hills Central. Each Plets Express DVD comes with a map and additional information to make it easy and enjoyable to follow along with the program.