Sunday, September 20, 2015
The 37th Annual Soo Line Historical Society and Technical Society Convention was held in Hudson on September 17-19, 2015. Although Hudson is not located on Soo Line tracks, it is a location that was easy to reach for attendees and a place where excursions could be launched.
We had great Special Interest sessions including modelling clinics, Soo Line picture shows, and historical photos such as the history of the St. Croix River High Bridge. Convention chairpersons Kent and Dawn Ohlfs always include a bus tour of area railroad highlights. And this year's trip included THREE TRAIN RIDES!! I'm betting no other historical society convention could match that.
Our first train ride would be on the Iron Horse Central Railroad at Chisago City, MN. On the way, we stopped in New Richmond to see the depot, constructed in 1915 which means it is 100 years old this year.
Our second train ride would be on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railroad in Osceola, WI. I formerly "worked" on this tourist line so this wasn't a new ride for me but I got the opportunity to renew acquaintances with the train crew.
Next year's Soo Line Convention will be held in Duluth. I hope we get a ride on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. I hear that it is a real neat train ride to Two Harbors!!