Monday, February 11, 2013

Full Circle 67

This photo went home.  To a museum.

Group by Train Winnipeg Antiques

Photo Number 1058

Iggy researched this train and found out that the train was in a museum in Wisconsin.  The Mid-Continent Railway Museum.  The train car is known as Montana Western # 31.  Here is a link to more info on this car.

I donated the photo to the museum.  I heard back from Bill:

Hi Connie:

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

I must tell you how pleased I was to see the photo of the GN 2313. This photo must have been taken prior to 1940 when the Great Northern sold the car to Montana Western Railroad.

Thanks again for thinking of Mid-Continent Railway Museum and thank you for donating the photo.

Bill Buhrmaster

MCRM Restoration Mgr.


Info from Iggy:

This is a historical railcar.

On October 28, 1925 Great Northern (GN) 2313 was completed. Given the serial number 130, it was the 30th production rail motorcar. GN 2313 first entered service on November 27, 1925 for trains 259 and 260 between Marcus, Washington and South Nelson, British Columbia.

By 1939 Great Northern considered this rail motorcar to be too expensive to maintain. On December 28, 1939 Great Northern sold GN 2313 to the Montana Western. Montana Western merely dropped the first and last digits of the car number. MW 31 operated on the 20.13-mile railroad between its connection with the GN at Conrad,
Montana and Valier, Montana.

Thanks for stopping by.  Do come again:)


  1. Very good. I like this full circle.

  2. How very interesting. Great donation and "resting place" for this photo.

  3. It really is a great historic photo. I wonder what is with the stained glass of leaded glass designed window.

  4. Well, that's a very different turn of events! How wonderful that this photo found a suitable home! I wonder if the photographer snapping the picture of the three subjects was aware of perfectly framing the photograph to include the pertinent railroad identification. Thankfully, Iggy knew just how to track down the information, as always!


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie