Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we just need to make sure you’re not a robot. Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the historic Dan Patch rail line. For the new Dan Patch Corridor commuter line, see Dan Patch Track builder 3 patch. Savage, owner of the race horse, Dan Patch, planned an electric railroad that would connect the Twin Cities to his farm and stables south of the Minnesota River.
Savage and his backers chose 54th and Nicollet, at the time the Richfield-Minneapolis border, as the starting point for the new railroad. Bachman’s farmstead spur at 62nd, Goodspeed’s farmstead at 66th, Irwin’s farmstead on 72nd and Wilson’s farmstead on the southwest corner of 78th. Bachman farmstead workers load produce onto a Dan Patch line boxcar for delivery to market. Original plans called for the Dan Patch Line to be electrified, but that concept never became reality. The company used steam engines for their freight trains, while gas-electric locomotives and motorcars handled passenger traffic. Management struggled to make the rail route profitable without consistent success. However, it persisted in operation until, less than a week after the sudden deaths of the horse Dan Patch and his owner, Colonel Savage, it slumped into receivership on July 16, 1916.
Four days after the bankruptcy, Charles P. S mainline ran in what is now the west metro of the Twin Cities. From its junction with the Minneapolis, St. Besides its freight service, the company continued passenger service using their gas-electric motorcars from Minneapolis to Antlers Park and Northfield until the 1940s. A caboose painted in the former Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern livery.
This caboose is now in regular service on the Progressive Rail line in Bloomington, Minnesota. The railroad was purchased in 1982 by the Soo Line, and merged into the Soo Line in 1986. S had earned a lucrative business interchanging with several Class I railroads. The Twin Cities and Western Railroad owns the Dan Patch Line Bridge over the Minnesota River. S Spur and purchased the bridge in order to protect what they feel may become a valuable shipping route in the future. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has performed studies on operating commuter rail over the Dan Patch Line. While there is currently a circa 2002 legislative ban on state money going to further studies of the Dan Patch Corridor, bills have been introduced into the state legislature to reenact funding.
Richfield: Minnesota’s Oldest Suburb, Richfield Historical Society. Rail traffic to utilize Dan Patch Line swing bridge again”. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway. Railroads in italics meet the revenue specifications for Class I status, but are not technically Class I railroads due to being passenger-only railroads with no freight component.