Minnesota museum receives grant for track repair

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Georgia Northern 4-6-0 No. 102
Two photos, Steve Glischinski
CURRIE, Minn. – The End O Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie has received a $43,642 grant from the State of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Fund for track repairs. The money will be used to rebuild 265 feet of track under two of the museum’s artifacts, Georgia Northern 4-6-0 No. 102 and Minneapolis & St. Louis bay window caboose No. 1133.

The museum is located at the end of a 38-mile former Chicago & North Western branch line from Bingham Lake to Currie completed in 1900 and abandoned in 1980. It features a depot, engine house, armstrong turntable, narrow gauge Mexican 2-6-0, cabooses, and other rolling stock. The Georgia Northern steam locomotive and caboose are exhibited on an original segment of the line that diverged from the main track 500 feet from the turntable. Over the years ties under the engine and caboose have deteriorated and the rail has begun to buckle. The buckling is serious enough that the 4-6-0 is beginning to lean. The project seeks to stabilize the track under the engine and caboose.

End O Line Railroad Park and Museum started as a 4-H community project in 1972 by two high school students and the leaders of the Currie Poco-a-Poco 4-H club. Their project was to clean up the 1901 turntable and pit, and the railroad yard area. The 4-H group arranged the sale of Currie’s 1900 Chicago & North Western depot that sat west and south of the site and across highway 38. The group worked with the county and the City of Currie to purchase land near the turntable from the C&NW and move the depot to its present location.

In 1975 the Murray County Parks department took over the site. The turntable was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The steam locomotive was added to the collection in 1993, with the caboose arriving in 2008.

For more information, go to www.endoline.com.
Minneapolis & St. Louis bay window caboose No. 1133
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