blog, Trackside With Tony (Blog) Canadian Pacific/Progressive Rail: Volume two June 3, 2013 Tony This is Wilson Siding in Bloomington, MN, on Progressive Rail’s former Minneapolis, Northfield, and Southern “Hi-Line” as viewed from the north side of the American Blvd grade crossing. Photo taken on 7-23-2012 by Tony Held. Here is a zoom view looking south along the PGR Hi-Line from American Blvd. The industrial branch nature of this route is evidenced by the sight of the hopper car parked on the main track in the distance. Photo taken on 7-23-2012 by Tony Held. Now we have moved west to a siding off the Canadian Pacific MNS Spur (ex-MN&S main line) where a bunch of MOW vehicles are parked on this cloudy evening. This siding begins north of where the line ducks under West 78th street, Photo taken on 7-23-2012 by Tony Held. A closer look at the MOW equipment parked on the siding north of West 78th street on the MNS Spur. Canadian Pacific sure has a lot of lightly used track at their disposal around the Twin Cities. Photo taken on 7-23-2012 by Tony Held. Progressive Rail has an former MN&S caboose stashed along the Hi-Line down at their open air shops located along the spur into the Ziegler Cat facility located east of 35W in Bloomington. A gap in the gate provided this clear view of one end of it on a sunny late July evening. Photo taken on 7-30-2012 by Tony Held. Here is Red River Valley and Western GP15C 4104 at the Ziegler facility as viewed via a zoom shot from the perimeter fence. Note how the long hood is off the unit apparently for a new engine block or related machinery to be installed. Photo taken on 7-30-2012 by Tony Held. Here is another piece of the old Minneapolis, Northfield, and Southern back on home rails: SW1500 36. It is parked just outside the gate into PGR’s Bloomington freight house located at the end of a rabbit’s warren of spur tracks off the Hi-Line west of 35W. Note the woodchip car behind the MN&S veteran. Photo taken on 7-30-2012 by Tony Held. Here we are looking east across the Hi-Line bridge over 35W. The chain link fence is something of a tacit admission as to how the bridge can be an unofficial pedestrian crossing (and I admit it is nice to walk across an old train bridge that still has rails!) Just watch out for trains before you decide to stroll across. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. A week after I first bagged it, RRV&W 4104 was still having work done at Zeigler CAT. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. That same day I caught the PGR 36 inside the PGR freight house grounds. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. Here is an empty center-beam flat -HE 26115- parked on a spur track that juts off the line into the PGR freight house. Apparently either a customer is served directly on this spur or it is used for car storage. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. Here we have a cut of cars for interchange waiting on the long siding that starts at the north end of the long dormant Auto Club yard over on the MNS Spur in Bloomington. Lead car was Soo Line center-beam flat 600398 followed by Southern Pacific boxcars 247876, 252048, and 247708, and finally UTCX smooth-side covered hopper 51229. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. A detail shot of Soo Line center-bream flat 600398 as it waits at the head of a small cut of cars awaiting pickup tomorrow by Canadian Pacific down by Auto Club yard in Bloomington. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. A glimpse of the PGR waybill stuffed into the open coupler of Soo center-beam flat 600398. Quite a place to store one! Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. Here we are looking south into the dormant Auto Club yard from where the Hi-Line meets the MNS Spur. Note how the switch in the foreground has been replaced by straight track. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. The locked but now-useless switch stand for the Hi-Line/Auto Club yard junction. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. A glimpse of the heavily overgrown track at Auto Club yard, Bloomington, along the MNS Spur. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held. And now we are looking south along the main line next to the long-dormant Auto Club yard. The yard was last used to scrap old freight cars. Main line has been used by Twin Cities & Western to reach the port of Savage in the past and probably will do so again in the future. Photo taken on 8-13-2012 by Tony Held.