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 Posted: Sat Mar 7th, 2015 08:50 pm
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Hello again, i have some good news to share:

To start with, I was at my LHS and saw the april Issue of 'Trains' Magazine. The feature article is about the Rapid City, Pierre, and Eastern Railroad! I flipped through the magazine briefly, and I didn't catch all the details. But they have written up a pretty extensive article about this Class II railroad.

Not only that, I talked with the sales person at the Rapid City hobby shop and apparently, unlike previous owners of the line, the Genesse and Wyoming company is here to make money from this route, and they have the funds to do overhaul the route. Apparently, there is a massive number of ties ready for deployment between Rapid City and Sturgis.

So then, 9 months after purchasing the route, there appears to be significant progress and planning for the line which runs from Colony, WY and Dakota Jct, NE all the way to Troy, MN. Looks like south Dakota has at least one railroad to call it's own, after a 35 year absence since the abandonment of the Milwaukee Road line and the sale of the CNW line (which is now the RCP&E trackage).

I've also got a photo or two, but I'll need to upload them.

Tomorrow I think I'll follow the line from Rapid City to Dakota Jct, NE, the southern half of the Colony Line

--James:java:



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 Posted: Wed Apr 1st, 2015 09:21 pm
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Okay, time for a few extra photos from my ever-growing collection. When I was out in Rapid City 2 weeks ago, I spent some time taking a few photos of the Rapid City, Pierre, and Eastern's line between Rapid City and Dakota Jct in Nebraska. Known as the Colony line (the line terminates in Colony, WY), the RCPE's branch along the front of the Black Hills is nearly unrivaled in it's beauty, especially during the summer months when thunderstorms roll, the grass is green, and the Black Hills are full of life. In March, it was still too early, but almost as impressive. So then, here are 5 shots I took of Rapid City and the Colony Line between Rapid City and Fairburn, SD, also home to the Fairburn agate for rock-hounds:











Now just imagine some thunderheads in the background and some green grass, you'll get an idea of what it looks like mid-June.

Well, that's another update done. As always, thanks for taking a look.

--James:java:



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See progress on the Crown Peak Logging Railroad

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http://rapidcityrr.blogspot.com

A blog with modeling ideas and prototype information about my favorite regional railroad, the Rapid City Pie
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 Posted: Thu Dec 29th, 2016 03:22 am
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I'm back in South Dakota for a few days, so I thought I would update this thread a bit.

It's been 2 1/2 years since the Rapid City Pierre and Eastern started operations.  While the Black Hills Sub-Division might be just being used for car storage, it seems that the rails are getting use down to Dakota Junction, Nebraska, and further on the Cowboy Line to Crawford, Nebraska and the interchange with the BNSF mainline.

Here are some photos of Dakota Junction, which is now under control of the Nebraska Northwestern, an intriguing shortline that started in 2011 and makes good business using the Chadron roundhouse to fix broken down goal gondolas for the BNSF, not to mention transporting grain from the elevator in Chadron and the grain loader at Dakota Junction.







--James



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See progress on the Crown Peak Logging Railroad

http://apartmentrailroad.blogspot.com

And:

http://rapidcityrr.blogspot.com

A blog with modeling ideas and prototype information about my favorite regional railroad, the Rapid City Pie
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 Posted: Thu Dec 29th, 2016 03:31 am
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I've also visited my home-town of Oelrichs, South Dakota, the most southern community on the Black Hills Sub-Division, a mere 26 miles North of Dakota Junction.





All these little towns, Oelrichs, Smithwick, Oral, Buffalo Gap, Fairburn, and Hermosa have sidings, which I suppose are used for car storage since the Grain elevators are either gone, or are in bad shape.  Still, it's nice to see the tracks being used. 

Trains also came through recently since the last snowfall was Monday and this is what greeted me at a grade crossing:



A train had come through in the last three days, possibly within 24 hours or so because winds should have drifted this crossing back in, yet the rails were clear all the way down to Dakota Junction.  It's exciting to think that even in winter, 2-3 trains a week head down to Dakota Junction or Crawford Nebraska to interchange cars with the BNSF or the Nebraska Northwestern.

My goal is to have the remaining towns, Buffalo Gap, Smithwick, Oral, Fairburn, and Hermosa photographed trackside in the winter on this trip.  The website I put up as a sort of fan website and modelers blog about the Rapid City Pierre and Eastern will be hosting information on all the communities served by this railroad, the locomotives, and railroad operation.

I'm still going to be doing the Crown of the Continent logging, but it will be nice to accumulate models of this railroad, detail, paint them, and get them ready for when I have space to give this railroad a shot as well.  In the meantime, there will be at least one website with all the info a modeler could ask for about this railroad:

http://rapidcityrr.blogspot.com/

--James



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James W.

See progress on the Crown Peak Logging Railroad

http://apartmentrailroad.blogspot.com

And:

http://rapidcityrr.blogspot.com

A blog with modeling ideas and prototype information about my favorite regional railroad, the Rapid City Pie
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