The old Milwaukee Road from 46th Street to Minnehaha Parkway

End of active rails north of 46th Street Mpls 3 31 2013
North of 46th Street this marker can be found which denotes the current end of active track on the old Milwaukee Road line into Minnehaha Park.   South of it the rails literally plunge under the pavement at 46th Street.   Photo taken by Tony Held on 3-31 -2013.
Old MILW 46th St grade crossing Mpls 3 31 2013
The grade crossing along the old Milwaukee Road at 46th Street is paved over with nary a grade crossing sign to be found. However, the rails are still intact underneath the asphalt. Photo taken by Tony Held on 3-31-2013.
Former Milwaukee Road south of 46th St Mpls 3 31 2013
Here we are now looking south along the old Milwaukee Road from the south side of the 46th Avenue crossing. Here the rails resurface and continue on their way south.  Photo taken by Tony Held on 3-31-2013.
Out of gauge rails north of Nawadaha Blvd Minneapolis 3 31 2013
Now we are along the old Milwaukee Road just north of Nawadaha Boulevard. Uh oh, looks like the left-hand rails are trying to come out of gauge. Fix this, somebody! Photo taken by Tony Held on 3-31-2013.
Another view of switch remains on north side of Nawadaha Blvd Mpls 3 31 2013
An industry north of Nawadaha Blvd now served by truck once got rail service via the Milwaukee Road. Here is a southward-facing view of the gutted remains of the switch for the long-gone spur. Photo taken by Tony Held on 3-31-2013.
Switch remains along old Milwaukee Road on north side of Nawadaha Blvd 3 31 2013
In this northward-looking view of the gutted switch near Nawadaha, the business once served by the spur track off of here is visible in the background. Rotten shame it did not keep rail service; that way the line would still be active all the way to the park. Photo taken by Tony Held on 3-31-2013.
Looking north up old Milwaukee Road from Minnehaha Parkway 3 31 2013
We are on the north side of Minnehaha Parkway looking north towards Nawadaha Boulevard. Here the old Milwaukee Rails have sunk low into the earth and were partially submerged by snowmelt this day. Photo taken by Tony Held on 3-31-2013.
Looking south along old Milwaukee at Minnehaha Parkway 3 31 2013
Now we are looking south across Minnehaha Parkway. The Longfellow House replica is visible in the right background. Parkway traffic has always kept the rails buffed and shiny here, and the cross bucks still stand with “Exempt” signs fixed beneath them. Photo taken by Tony Held on 3-3