Black and white photograph of a construction crew at work on a bridge along the right of way, 1929. Photograph by Briol Studio.

Construction crew at work on a bridge along the right of way

Construction crew at work on a bridge along the right of way, 1929. Photograph by Briol Studio.

Color image of Great Northern diesel locomotive number 400, 1966. Photograph by Myron T. Gilbertson.

Great Northern diesel locomotive number 400

Great Northern diesel locomotive number 400, 1966. Photograph by Myron T. Gilbertson.

Great Northern Railway

The Great Northern Railway was a transcontinental railroad system that extended from St. Paul to Seattle. Among the transcontinental railroads, it was the only one that used no public funding and only a few land grants. As the northernmost of these lines, the railroad spurred immigration and the development of lands along the route, especially in Minnesota.

Color image of a  Minnesota Western diesel locomotive #51, a Fairbanks-Morse H10-44.

Minnesota Western diesel locomotive

Minnesota Western diesel locomotive #51, a Fairbanks-Morse H10-44, ca. 1945–1949. Factory publicity shot from Fairbanks-Morse, the diesel manufacturer.

Black and white photograph of the Luce Line in Wirth Park, Golden Valley, Minnesota, ca. 1935–1939.

Luce Line in Wirth Park, Golden Valley, Minnesota

Looking east at gas-electric railcar about to pass under Wirth Parkway in Golden Valley, ca. 1935–1939.

Black and white scan of a Luce Electric Lines, Electric Short Line Railway Company advertisement, c. 1910.

Luce Electric Lines, Electric Short Line Railway Company advertisement

Luce Electric Lines, Electric Short Line Railway Company advertisement, c. 1910.

Black and white photograph of the first train on the Luce Line railroad crossing over the bridge at Winsted Lake, ca. 1900.

Train crossing the bridge at Winstead Lake

View of the first train on the Luce Line railroad crossing over the bridge at Winsted Lake, ca. 1900.

Black and white photograph of a Luce Line passenger train to Lake Lillian. Image is from the Lake Lillian News, ca. 1930–1939.

Luce Line passenger train to Lake Lillian

Luce Line passenger train to Lake Lillian. Image is from the Lake Lillian News, ca. 1930–1939.

Luce Line Railroad

The Luce Line Railroad, known by several different names, was a small rural Minnesota railroad that operated through much of the twentieth century. It connected rural communities in western Minnesota to the Twin Cities and offered transportation for passengers, lumber, grain, and other commodities.

Black and white photograph of St. Croix River, Dalles of the St. Croix. Includes view of Showboat Inn and Interstate Bridge, 1905–1949.

View of Showboat Inn and Interstate Bridge

St. Croix River, Dalles of the St. Croix. Includes view of Showboat Inn and Interstate Bridge, 1905–1949.

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