Featuring… Minnesota Southern Railway, Progressive Rail, Minnesota Prairie Line, and the Minnesota Central Railroad! See these four fascinating shortlines from the land of 10,000 lakes as they haul long trains of grain, ethanol and general merchandise across the scenic prairies and rich farmland of southern Minnesota. Plus these rail lines contain numerous large grain elevators that range from towering modern facilities to picturesque and ancient wood built relics. Footage was shot between 1993 and 2010.
The heritage of these shortlines come from cast off pieces of the Minneapolis and St. Louis, Chicago & NorthWestern, Minneapolis Northfield & Southern, and the Milwaukee Road, plus a few of their historic depots still survive. These shortlines operate with plenty of vintage first generation diesel power that still looks and sounds great. The diesel power includes: GP7, GP8, GP9, GP10, SW1500, CF7, GP15CAT, GP30CAT, SD38-2 and SD39.