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Posted by Alex Huff on 6/29/2017, 7:55 am, in reply to "Re: Interesting......"
When I looked at the first photo before scanning down to see the caption, I thought "that looks kind of familiar." It should, I live within four miles of it. Oacoma (ah' coma) is on the west side of the Missouri River. The photographer is standing on the shoulder of the I-90 north side access road looking west. The track ducks under three highway bridges just out of the frame to the left. The track was laid in 1907 as the CMStP&P's extension from Chamberlain (east side of river) to Rapid City, SD. The railroad climbs out of the Missouri River valley to the level of the surrounding prairie, the horizontal line in the center background on a .75% grade. MP 446 (distance from the Mississippi River) is in the foreground.
The photo of the "depot" in White Lake, SD is looking east at MP 408.5. Building was a standard design of the BN for new section houses, built in 1981-82. BNSF operated the state owned line for five years as far west as Chamberlain. Successor operator is Dakota Southern Railway. I spent some time in the state-owned building which is re-roofed, re-sided and changed from white with green trim to the red, white and black colors of DSRC using shortline tax credit money.
More than you ever expected to know about a Granger branchline in South Dakota, compliments of British Broadcasting Corporation and yours truly.
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