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Chicago Northwestern Historical Society The High Bridge "400" Part 2



by Chris Guenzler



At the west end of the Kate Shelley High Bridge we were allowed to detrain for pictures and here you see the Feather River still out on the bridge.





The Kate Shelley High Bridge.







An eastbound UP coal train crossed the Kate Shelley High Bridge next. They let us go out onto the new bridge for pictures.







Passengers cars of the magnificent Union Pacific Passenger Fleet backed out onto the Kate Shelley High Bridge.





CNW 8701 backing out onto the Kate Shelley High Bridge.





The High Bridge "400" out on the Kate Shelley High Bridge.





I then walked out onto the new bridge for these pictures.





Members of our group on the new bridge.





Then a view from the west end of the Kate Shelley High Bridge. I then changed locations again for the photo runby to a hill to get both the old and new Kate Shelley High Bridges.







The photo runby at the Kate Shelley High Bridge.





The rear of our train. We reboarded the train and now from my seat in the Missouri River Eagle, we will take a look at the new Kate Shelley High Bridge under construction. This bridge has been being built from 2007 to 2009 and is 90 feet north of the old bridge. It will be a double track bridge ballast deck, on reinforced concrete tower. It is designed for 70 MPH operations and two trains can be operated at that speed across the bridge at the same time. Total length is 2813 feet and 3.25 inches with a height of 190 feet. Cost is estimated at $42 million. We will now look at this bridge as our train backs across the old bridge.

















We have reached the east end of our crossing of the Kate Shelley High Bridge with me showing you the new bridge. Our train will continue backing into Boone.





Cars of the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad.





An Ex Rock Island now CNW Caboose and Mural in downtown Boone. The train backed into the Fair Ground Spur in Boone where this wonderful train trip came to an end, Special thanks to the CNW Convention Staff for making this possible as well as the Union Pacific Railroad for running this trip for us to enjoy. I got to ride across the Kate Shelley High Bridge twice in one day. I detrained in Boone one happy train rider.





Our group detraining in Boone.





Our train now ready to head back to Council Bluffs.





Two views of the CNW 8701.





Two views of the CNW 8646. We all had a really good box lunch and after the Special left for Council Bluffs at 12:30 PM, the bus I was on headed west out of Boone then south through Minburn which has a Minneapolis & St Louis Station still standing. We didn't stop there but went onto Dallas Center where an Insurance Company runs their business out of a Minneapolis & St Louis Station in town so we stopped there.









Views of the Minneapolis & St Louis Station in Dallas Center. The Minneapolis & St Louis was merged into the Chicago Northwestern.





The station sign bears the town's name.





View where the trains once stopped.





Three views looking southeast where the tracks of the Minneapolis & St Louis Railroad used to go.





Views looking northwest where the tracks of the Minneapolis & St Louis Railroad once were.





Our group gave this business plenty of business during our stop in Dallas Center. The bus then returned us to the Holiday Inn in Des Moines ending a most wonderful trip at the CNW Railroad Historical Society Convention. I returned to the Best Western and wrote this story into the early evening. I had dinner at Bennigan's then relaxed the rest of the evening. Tomorrow a trip to Atlantic on the Iowa Interstate old Rock Island mainline.



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