Results are in on “Zenith City and Beyond” 500-Image CD-ROM by Jeff Lemke

Results are in on

If you enjoy pictures like the one shown on the cover of my latest project—taken at Duluth, MN. in 1966—then you’ll really enjoy my new Zenith City and Beyond 2016 digital image disc that’s available now. I announced this CD in October and made it available to subscribers for a small donation beginning on November 21st.

Positive vibes are already reaching my email INBOX, such as this one: "Just got my CD and absolutely love it! So many photos of places I have worked, brought back many memories. Thanks again for keeping Twin Ports Rail History alive." Vicki G.

As Vicki already discovered, my new CD contains 500 digital display images covering the Twin Ports of Duluth, Superior and surrounding communities—including the Mesabi Range. She used this link to find out much more information about this product before she made a small donation of just 4 cents an image!

Please check it out for yourself:

My 2016 digital image disc is designed to be viewed digitally—perfect for viewing on your favorite digital device. And if you’re a historian like me then you’ll be happy to learn that you can use my images in a history presentation of your own, as long as they are not modified in any way. These aren’t just quick scans and copies like virtually every other history photo CD on the market today. Each of these images has been restored to remove the dust, fingerprints, film blemishes and scratches. Quality varies depending on the age and condition of the original, but overall—they look pretty darn good.

Content includes both color and black & white images that you can view on your computer through a CD-ROM drive or through your HDTV if connected to your computer network. No special software needed. Each image is its own file. Click through them one at a time or watch in slide show mode on your computer or HDTV. This is silent, no music or annoying beeps or clicks. It’s all about the photos, and each is made from an original film negative or positive.

Railroads include at minimum:

Burlington Northern Railroad
Chicago & North Western Railway
Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway
Duluth & Northeastern Railroad
Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway
Great Northern Railway
Lake Superior Terminal & Transfer Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
Milwaukee Road
Soo Line

I’ve included many different industrial topics from around the area too. There are pictures taken from the air and high vantage points, shots of depots, buildings, bridges, trains, train cars, steam and diesel locomotives and details, boats, industries, ore docks, ore trains, ore cars, ore mines, signs, railroad men, interlocking towers, rail yards, roundhouses, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. The oldest image on the CD go back to 1889 while most were taken during the 1950s-1980s. Only a scant handful are more recent than 1980. So please consider making a donation today to help me do much more in 2017. There is a book in the works too so be sure that you are subscribed to my once-a-month e-Newsletter to receive those updates by email.

Thanks so much for your interest and very kind support.

Here’s that information link again:


Posted by Twin Ports Rail History on 2016-11-26 15:16:51

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Hot Shot Z Trains

Hot Shot Z Trains

In the last portion of the 20th Century, this train was known on the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe as the 991. Seen here, the ZWSPNBY speeds through Empire, CA., on a warm afternoon. This train crew is doing their best to make up time as computers in Fort Worth, TX., are causing havoc system wide. Meanwhile, the Amtrak California San Joaquin train I was aiming for, leaves a trail of dust in the distance.

©FranksRails Photography, LLC.

Posted by FranksRails Photography, LLC. on 2017-08-21 15:44:23

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203 | 365 | Eat

203 | 365 | Eat

I love that the graffiti says "U SUCK DICK" (right above my head), "EAT ME" and "I LOVE SOMEONE SPECIAL." 🙂

I take photos in front of graffiti and then read the graffiti after I upload the photo to my computer. I suppose I should pay more attention, but I like discovering things like this in my photos after the fact.

This may be the last photo I take outside without snow for a while. We got about 4 inches, somewhat unexpectedly, at around 4:00 p.m. today. The weather people couldn’t quite predict how this "dusting" would turn out.

Snow photo tomorrow, maybe.


"Hey, you got a sweet tooth
And I remember
A sweeter treat
Uh, you beat your meat
I know you do it
I know you do it
Oh, you got a sweet tooth
And I remember
Standing on the corner
With a piece of pizza
Eat to the beat"


Eat to the Beat – Blondie

Posted by DavidNewEngland on 2010-12-21 00:02:55

Tagged: , Project 365 , Portrait , Self Portrait , DavidNewEngland , David Sullivan , Gay , Man , Beard , Salt and Pepper , Graffiti , Bridge , Railroad

Farewell, Ridgely Tower

Farewell, Ridgely Tower

Ridgely Tower in Springfield, Illinois, was until recently the last tower in the United States that still operated switches mechanically using connections made of iron pipe that linked the tower’s levers with switches hundreds of feet away.

The closing of Ridgely Tower was contemplated at least 40 years ago, but four railroads later, the deed has finally been done. At 8 a.m. today, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, Union Pacific dispatchers in Omaha, Nebraska took control of the plant as signal and track forces worked to cut over the new solid state interlocking that took over from the ancient strong-arm levers and free-wired relay circuitry. The operators will remain to perform a lonely vigil till Thursday, when the last operator walks out the door forever.

Though long anticipated, the end of Ridgely comes like a loss of a loved one.

Ridgely Tower had a 108-year run, and its life spanned an era of incredible change. The tower had seven owners over its lifetime: Chicago & Alton, through the Alton, GM&O, ICG, CM&W, SP, and UP era. This humble wooden structure has been dusted with the smoke of C&A steam engines, GM&O F units, ICG GP30s, SP tunnel motors, and UP GEVOs. The tower’s operators once determined trains’ locations using their telegraph keys and sounders, but in later days used telephone, radio, and a computer display from UP’s dispatching system to track train movements. As of today, Ridgely is just another CTC control point on a computer screen in Omaha.

Farewell, Ridgely Tower.

Posted by Jon R. Roma on 2010-06-30 02:03:56

Tagged: , railroad , tower , Union Pacific