This two DVD set that brings us all the action on two railroads “Along the Upper Mississippi”.
Volume 1, The CP River Sub
Flanking the western shore of the upper Mississippi River runs Canadian Pacific’s River Subdivision, a busy main line that supports a non stop flow of traffic. Pentrex traveled the line in 1999, through hot summer days and cold winter chill to bring you the excitement of railroading in this scenic territory. Beginning at River Junction, just west of La Crosse, Wisconsin, we follow the line along the “Mighty Mississippi” to St. Paul, Minnesota.
Milwaukee Road and Soo Line operated this route prior to Canadian Pacific. You’ll see motive power and paint schemes from all three, such as Milwaukee Road GP40s, Soo Line SD60s, and Canadian Pacific’s AC4400s. Highlights include a candy apple red Soo Line SD40-2 and a Canadian Pacific SD40-2F “Red Barn” wearing the dual flag paint scheme. We even see Soo Line cabooses. I&MRL trains, with trackage rights, also polish these rails. Amtrak’s Empire Builder uses this route to Chicago. Plenty of trains, gorgeous scenery, great variety – that’s railroading on Canadian Pacific’s River Subdivision!
Volume 2, The BNSF St. Croix Sub
Tracing the eastern banks of the upper Mississippi River is BNSF’s St. Croix Subdivision, a mostly double-tracked route providing access for a nonstop parade of traffic from La Crosse, Wisconsin to the Twin Cities. Pentrex takes you across the entire sub in the late 1990s, throughout the seasons, to bring a unique perspective on this important line. We follow intermodal, coal, grain, taconite, manifest, and other trains along the shores of the Mississippi.
With the variety of trains comes a great variety of motive power. Two Dash-9s make their maiden voyages in Heritage II paint schemes; an original GP30 is seen working the local at Bay City; three GP20s head up a grain train; even BN’s “Pulling for Freedom” locomotive is spotted. Whether the summer sun is beating down on the rails or winter’s snows are flying off them, trains and more trains keep on rolling across BNSF’s St. Croix Subdivision.