Trains Along the Upper Mississippi #1, Canadian Pacific River Sub

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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.

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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 LaCrosse, Wisconsin, we follow the line to St. Paul, Minnesota. As much of the subdivision hugs the mighty Mississippi, we spot the trains against backdrops of wooded bluffs and sometimes blue, sometimes frozen waters.

Milwaukee Road and Soo Line operated this route prior to Canadian Pacific. You’ll see motive power and varied paint schemes from all three appearing frequently, 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, not to mention plenty of Soo Line cabooses. I&MRL trains, with trackage rights to St. Paul, also polish these rails. The I&MRL sports some of the older power, including SD9s, SD45s, and SD35s. Plus, Amtrak’s Empire Builder uses this route to and from Chicago. Plenty of trains, gorgeous scenery, great variety – that’s railroading on Canadian Pacific’s River Subdivision!

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4 reviews for Trains Along the Upper Mississippi #1, Canadian Pacific River Sub

  1. Arthur Patzwald

    great show about the CP River sub

  2. transitionalman

    I have watched this (as well as part II along the BNSF) over and over again!!! While partial to the Milwaukee Road and SOO Line, I do enjoy the Canadian Pacific trains in this video and LOVE the scenery! The locals call this “God’s Country” and it is easy to see why! I highly recommend visiting this location in person!

  3. rrvideoman

    Every year I plan a vacation, and I try to work some railfanning into it. A few years ago, plans were made to go the Upper Mississippi area, based on this video. My brother-in-law questioned me, saying “why go somewhere so flat”? I loaned him this production, and his attitude changed fast. The region covered in this video is anything but flat. Starting at River Jct. Minnesota, west side from La Crosse, Wisconsin and following the west bank north, we see many interesting trains. All of the companies that once operated the line that is the Canadian Pacific Railline are in this… the Milwaukee, and the SOO Line, with added appearances by I & M Rail Link, the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern, and Amtrak’s Empire Builder. There are scenes in various seasons as the trains hug the Mississippi in many places. The scenery is fantastic, the trains are excellent. There are a few shots even of the east side and some BNSF trains on the St. Croix Sub. (featured in Trains along the Upper Mississippi Vol. # 2) Who could ask for more? Mainline action at it’s finest. The producers have done a superb job putting together an excellent video for us to enjoy. This is a “must have” video. One of the best by Pentrex.

  4. Kevin Willie

    This Line is the Main Artery of the CP to and from Canada this is a Film that you’ll want to have in your Collection

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