SouthernRailway wrote: ↑Sun May 24, 2020 5:34 pm
I understand (perhaps I am wrong) that the Soo Line ran mixed trains as late as the 1980s in the Midwest, with limited ridership: a passenger here and there in a caboose.
SR and Everyone:
After a two week absence from the Forums I noticed topics that I could
respond to such as this interesting one:
I recall a Passenger Train Journal article about these so-called "mixed"
train services operated by the Soo Line - I did a search and found a 1986
Chicago Tribune article about service operated between Neenah, WI and
Sault St. Marie, MI - 371 miles - Fare $11.95 - riding in a caboose.
The Soo Line "train numbers" were 912 north and 911 south.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct- ... story.html
The PTJ story mentioned the slow pace of the ride along and interaction
with the train crew. The train terminated at Sault St. Marie overnight and
it turned out that the writer was offered to stay in the caboose - but it was
a good thing the offer was declined since the caboose ended up crossing
the US-Canada Border to S.S.M, Ontario on a freight transfer run.
For the Soo Line Technical and Historical Society:
This is the type of "adventure" that once existed for rail enthusiasts.
This is something the likes of we may never see again...MACTRAXX
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS