Trains have traveled through this part of Minnesota for just under 150 years, and as the small town of Staples grew around their tracks, railroads were virtually the only source of jobs for decades. “Four hundred men used to work in these offices,” Tom Kajer, 75, head of the Staples Historical Society, said as he walked on the fiberglass- and plaster-littered floors of the original depot’s second story. “Now, zero do.”
Instead of spending hours tabbing through travel sites, hit Rome2Rio: an oracle-like web/app that maps out the exact planes, trains, and automobiles (with fares) to take between any two places on the planet.
Police in St. Cloud are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a train. The incident happened about 7 a.m. Thursday. Two train crossings were closed as St. Cloud police and Minnesota State Patrol investigated.
A boom in using trains to ship oil to Minnesota could cause a shortage at the breakfast table. The Wall Street Journal reports that Canada is months behind in grain shipments, as railroads have been shipping more oil instead.
For your next luxury vacation, consider traveling by train. Rovos Rail brings the luxury and decadence of the olden days back to your trip, in their train safari.
The ice fishing in northeast North Dakota is the best it’s been in two decades, but some anglers can’t make it because trains handling freight and crude from the state’s oil patch are displacing Amtrak passenger service.
Many riders who depend on the Northstar Commuter Rail are frustrated. In four of the past five weekdays, some routes have had delays of 20 minutes or more, causing many passengers to arrive late to work or school.
The inherent beauty of train travel is that it’s often more about the journey (and the spectacular scenery along the way) than the actual destination. When your fare includes butler service, gourmet meals, and access to elegant bar cars, rest assured these six train trips are worth dropping a month’s salary on.
Despite the abundance of public transportation options, trains remain a popular and consistent way to travel easily. Check out the world’s coolest train stations.
It seems unimaginable now, but adoption for some families used to be as easy as showing up at the train depot. Word would go out when kids were coming from the East Coast. They were largely children of immigrant families who’d found poverty rather than promise in their voyage to the New World. Renee Wendinger of Sleepy Eye interviewed some Orphan Train riders for her book. Few of them are still living. “They were found in doorways and other out-of-the-way places, hungry and starving,” Wendinger said.
In the Minnesota summertime, it’s all about gardening, but if you’re in a rut when it comes to landscaping, there’s a new trend families can get on board with. The Minnesota Garden Railway Society builds backyard railways.
All aboard! Experience some of the best train-inspired events and attractions throughout Minnesota.
The whole family can check out trains together this holiday season. It’s at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum at Bandana Square in St. Paul.
Gary and Barb Lindman have lived on 53rd Avenue in Plymouth for 20 years. They were close by when a pedestrian was hit and killed by a freight train.
The clang-clang-clang of the “trolley” will be replaced by the beep-beep-beep of the Metro Transit bus along part of the Hiawatha Avenue route this weekend.