The M&StL, a line with transcontinental ambitions and a selling point of avoiding Chicago congestion, has been gone since 1960. Yet, it still remains a fascinating railroad.
The narrated video, through photographs, slides, postcards and some 8 mm film, follows the railroad from its operations in the Twin Cities to western South Dakota, its primary mainline to Peoria, Illinois and secondary line to Des Moines, Iowa. There is also a 1960 railfan trip from the Twin Cities to New Ulm, Minnesota.
The video concludes with photographs of steam & diesel locomotives, self-propelled passenger equipment, freight cars, maintenance equipment, train wrecks, snow-fighting equipment & scenes and memorabilia.
The DVD video is 40 minutes long. The included CD-ROM has 550 images, along with a 1929 passenger train timetable, a 1938 Industrial Guide, M&StL and Iowa Central steam locomotive rosters, a 'Less-Than-Carload' brochure, advertisements in 'Railway Age' and a booklet that was given out for the 1960 railfan trip (all in Adobe 'Acrobat' PDF format).
Prairie Works, 40 min., B&W and color.