The Soo Line was built to break the monopolies of the Hill Roads, the Northern Pacific Railroad and Great Northern Railway in northern Minnesota. The Soo Line as a late arrival on the Minnesota railroad scene had to be lean, mean and innovative in its quest to secure a place amid its more powerful and well-established rivals. It was the classic story of David facing off against Goliath
With 320 pages, 300 photographs and over 50 maps and diagrams, The Soo Line in Minnesota illustrates the rich history of this classic northern Minnesota railroad. From the main lines to Chicago, Winnipeg, Sault Ste. Marie and the Dakotas, to the secondary lines that accessed the Twin Ports and Cuyuna Iron Ore Range, the book offers an in-depth written and visual history of the Soo Line in Minnesota from its beginning to its takeover by the Canadian Pacific.
The Wisconsin Central, pp. 1-10;
The Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic, pp. 11-20;
The Minnesota & Pacific, pp. 21-28;
The Twin Cities Connections, pp. 29-38;
To the Twin Ports, pp. 39-72;
The Winnipeg Connection, pp. 73-90;
The Wheat Line, pp. 91-96;
The Minnesota Northwestern Electric Railway, pp. 97-106;
The Brooten Line, pp. 107-130;
The Plummer Line, pp. 131-148;
Rails to the Cuyuna Range, pp. 149-156;
Color Photograph Section, pp. 157-196;
The Forest Spurs, pp. 197-206;
The St. Paul Freight Line, pp. 207-212;
Re-locations, pp. 213-226;
Along the Right-of-Way, pp. 227-258;
Passenger Service, pp. 259-296;
The Final Years, pp. 297-310;
Appendix, pp. 311-316.
Grenadier Publications, hardcover with dust jacket, 320 pages, 8.75 x 11.25 x 1 in., color and B&W photographs, diagrams and maps.