Ep.09 – US Railway Travelogue

Episode 9 is part four of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains – for the this part of the journey, continuing on the Empire Builder train, from Red Wing, Minnesota, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

10 1 Amtrak Western Routes
Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the Empire Builder along the top. Credit: Amtrak.
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Logo of the Empire Builder – as seen on one of the Dining Car Menus. Credit: Tim Davies.
10 3 Route of the Empire Builder
Map showing route of the Empire Builder. Credit: Amtrak.

Here are a few of the images that follow the route along with this episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.

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Departing Red Wing along the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Leisure craft and house boats along the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Mississippi cross, Red Wing to Winona. Credit: Tim Davies.
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On the banks of the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Frontenac, Minnesota – a 19th Century Resort. Credit MolandfreakCC BY-SA 3.0
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Frontenac, a 19th Century Resort Town. Credit: ElkmanCC BY-SA 4.0
9 10 Mississippi_River_w_Lake_Pepin_in_background_at_Frontenac_State_Park Public Domain
Mississippi River, with Lake Pepin, at Frontenac state Park. Credit: USDA, National Resources Conservation Service, in Public Domain.
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Lake Pepin/Mississippi River. Credit: Jonathunder, CC BY-SA 3.0.
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Ralph Samuelson – the inventor of water-skiing. Credit: Scinauticando.comCC BY-SA 2.5.
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So close… Credit: Tim Davies.
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Passing farms whilst approach Winona. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Passing more farms whilst approach Winona. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The Mississippi again. It is amazing. Credit: Tim Davies.
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And the Mississippi again. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Winona Station, Minnesota. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Winona Station building. Credit Tim Davies.
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Winona, Minnesota. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Crossing the river into Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
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La Crosse Station, Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
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La Crosse station, Credit JonathunderCC BY-SA 3.0.
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Tomah Station, Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies
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Amtrak Empire Builder at Tomah, Wisconsin. Credit: Mulad, in Public Domain.
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Traffic waiting for the train to pass at Tomah. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Tomah. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Tomah. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Approaching Wisconsin Dells. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Wisconsin Dells, by the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Wisconsin Dells from the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Wisconsin Dells from the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Wisconsin Dells. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Wisconsin Dells station. Credit: Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
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Farming in Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Farming in Wisconsin. Credit Tim Davies.
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Nearing Portage. Credit Tim Davies.
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At Portage. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Portage Station, Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Portage Amtrak Station. Credit: Mr. GrangerCC 0.
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Columbus Station. Credit: charlie vinzCC BY 2.0. (originally posted to Flickr by Mackensen.
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Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbus, Wisconsin. Credit, Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
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Wisconsin Farm. Credit: Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
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Dustcarts and recycling just outside Milwaukee. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Recycling outside Milwaukee. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Inner City, near Milwaukee Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Historic Iowa Pacific rail car at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Empire Builder at Milwaukee Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
9 49 Milwaukee_Intermodal_Station by Payton Chung licence CC BY 2 0
Milwaukee Intermodal Station, Credit: Payton ChungCC BY 2.0.

The next episode – Episode 10 – will see the final part of this stage of the journey on the Empire Builder, taking up the journey from Milwaukee and on to Chicago.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

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