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September 14th 2014
01:44:11 PM
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Paul McDonald

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My grandfather, William A. Crowe, hired on the Milwaukee Road at 15, lying about his age, in Minneapolis. At 74, he retired. I have photos of him, and his brother, as they surveyed for the original tracks, mostly through North Dakota and Montana. My \"Pappy Bill\" told many yarns
about those days. I\'m 75, all family passed, and have the time to research the railroad history. Pappy never drove, just hopped off the caboose & walked about 100yards to the house, where my mom was born. He let hobos sleep in the basement. I took my mom to visit her home when she was 102, and she walked up to the door & knocked, but nobody was there. Thank you for this fine website; I may still have family in the Livingstone or Whitefish areas. I now live about 100 yards from the railroad track, in CA, & love to hear/see the trains!

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September 14th 2014
10:14:10 AM
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AJ Woods

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Absolutely love the website. I am a conductor for BNSF out of Great Falls, Montana. Every trip I see parts of the old Milwaukee Road railbed and am fascinated by the history. Thanks for the depth of info available here.

   
September 8th 2013
09:15:00 AM
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Noland R. Schwarze

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Happy to find this website.
My Great Grandfather worked on the \'Road\' for 51 and a half years.
Although he died long before I was born, I heard a lot a stories about him from my Dad.
My Dad passed away Last year, the last weekend of July.
I now find myself on the computer looking for info related to the stories he told us thru the years.

Thank you
Noland Robert Schwarze

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June 28th 2013
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September 5th 2012
02:45:24 PM
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John M. Kautzman

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My father retired as an forman on the electrified line between Avery, Idaho and Alberton, MT. in 1976. My brother and I were telegraphers in Avery, Idaho for a number of years. I also worked welding rail ends for 2 years prior to that and between my junior and senior years of High school I worked puting in raillroad ties in Western Montana. I sure do miss those days. If I was a writer, I think that I could write a best seller about My days in Avery, ID. but if you have never been to Avery you probably won't know what I was talking about. Lots and lots of drama and VERY interesting moments. Those were the good old days!!!!

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May 18th 2012
07:41:57 AM
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Sherry a. Frank

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My GrandFather William DeField was an enginer for this train

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April 24th 2012
02:18:14 PM
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Gene Roban

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Nice website. Lots of good reading. I'm especially interested in time tables, particularly in Minnesota timetables, but I didn't find them on the site. am I looking in the right place?

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March 19th 2012
02:22:43 PM
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andrea tucker

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We are having a program and talk give by Kent Sullivan on the topic of the Old Milwaukee at the end of April 2012, as it related to Everett Washington and Snohomish County. Any info anyone has would be great...

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February 24th 2012
10:30:43 AM
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William Urban

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Thank you for this excellent effort. This history is all the more important today, as the all but ignored lessons of efficient electrified rail transport are needed for the demands of the 21st century.
William Urban, Catonsville, Md.

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February 13th 2012
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December 29th 2011
10:23:52 AM
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markham fulsom

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hi I collect oddies a found a brass bear with chic/milwk/stpaul puget sound elec with callatin gateway to yellowstone park mfr/ rehaerber mfr co if anlyone could help me would be grate thank you

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November 10th 2011
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DARLA

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GREAT SITE, I LOVE HEARING STORIES OF MY DAD FROM THE 70S AND HIS TIME AS A BREAKMAN, DARWIN BUSS AND JIM SNYDER --FROM IL --GREAT TIMES I HEAR:)

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October 31st 2011
03:04:32 PM
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Ben Ingrassia

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I was employed by the Milwaukee Road in the Chicago offices of the Signal Department from 1969-1986. Best job ever, and I would have gladly retired there had the railroad not relocated to the Great White North. Should anybody be interested in very old, large black and white glossy photos of various railroad track and structure scenes, including some Hiawatha shots, please contact me via e-mail.

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October 26th 2011
03:20:07 PM
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Richard Flower

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I still have memories of riding the Train from Milwaukee to Kenosha during the WWII as a young 2 year old boy. I think it was seeing all the sailors heading to Great Lakes Naval Base and sitting on their sea bags that made the memoriy stick all these years, A great site and it's now one of my favorites!

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August 12th 2011
01:48:16 PM
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Jane Baker Hardin

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Thank you so much for this well conceived website to honor the Milwaukee Railroad. My father, Vernon Baker, worked over 30 yrs.on the Milwaukee between Savanna, IL and points west or Marion, IA and points west. I had a grandfather, Melvin Campbell, who worked section for years, until his body wouldn't let him anymore. My great-grandfather, John Baker, worked out of Green Island, IA. And we had a multitude of cousins, etc. who were hired, but couldn't hang in there.
Our memories of the Milwaukee are some of our best memories. Thanks again.

   
July 21st 2011
10:52:30 AM
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Mary Louise Kunze Fowler

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My father August Kunze was engineer on the Rocky Mountain Div. almost from when that division became operational...he was the engineer when the passenger train was stopped by 1925 earthquake..all documented in the marvelous book "The Milwaukee R R. We of course have irreplacable memorbelia...! !

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July 18th 2011
05:56:10 PM
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Jerry Sullivan

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Very interesting site. I sent you a personal E-mail with a request. As a retired M/W & Signal engineer, I can tell you that in my professional opinion, the Milwaukee Road was the best engineered of all the western lines and what would we not give today for this to be an exclusive Amtrak route, freight only during the times the passenger train wasn't close.

   
July 8th 2011
09:53:12 AM
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BOB RILEY

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I AM MAYOR OF MOBERLY, MO, A COMMUMITY OF 14OOO PEOPLE IN NORTH CENTRAL MISSOURI. WE HAVE RECENTLY ACQUIRED THE C M & ST P RR BUSINESS CAR NAMED THE INDIANA. WE PLAN TO FINISH THE RESTORATION AND DISPLAY THE CAR IN OUR DEPOT PARK. WE ARE INTERESTED IN ANY INFORMATION ON THE INDIANA'S HISTORY THAT WE CAN FIND IN ORDER TO CREATE A BOOKLET TO GIVE TO VISITORS WHO COME TO SEE IT . CAN YOU HELP ??? PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL BOB RILEY 660-263-3367 DURING THE DAY AT MY WORK. THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING.

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February 13th 2011
03:57:36 PM
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Kim Tirrell

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My Father was a sub contractor in the early 70's. Worked on Thermo King Piggy back reefers and refrigerated box cars at his shop in Dubuque IA.
As a kid I remember the trains making there way though town. He did some refurbishment of several refrigerated boxcars for an out fit in NE IA named Hi Lee or Hi Vee foods.does anyone know any info? Did the RR own /rent /lease rolling stock to customers ? Is there a list of CEOs' and there tenure at the RR? Thanks

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October 28th 2010
03:58:11 PM
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Al Udeen

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Hi My father, Axel Udeen was a fireman on the Hiawatha that ran from Minneapolis to Chicago & back, I was present in the 30s when the Hiawatha was introduced at a small station at Minnehaha park in Minneapolis, I once rode in the engine with my father to LaCrosse, Wisconsin. & returned later to Mpls, If anyone remembers my Dad, Please let me know. Thanks! & God Bless!

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