Skirting the Mighty Miss

Skytop Lounge car Coon Rapids, with her mars light doing a dizzy dance, brakes to 70 miles per hour ahead of a sharp curve along the mighty Mississippi River on her dash to the Twin Cities from Chicago. The conductor’s message rousing dosing passengers intent on detraining at Wisconsin Dells, is briefly muffled by the passing of freighter 75A and companion, wearing their original gray, orange and yellow pinstripe.

This scene depicts the bread & butter of the once proud Milwaukee Road during an era when on-time schedules and top notch service were common in hometown rail travel.

18 x 24 original acrylic painting was completed in 2001.

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