Stillwater's Zephyr rolls out

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES AND TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: July 10, 2012 - 11:07 PM

The famed dinner train, up for sale, is being moved to Bayport this week. Owner David Paradeau sold his rail corridor last year.

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evenmorejustJul. 10, 1211:18 AM

Nothing like a bike path next to a functioning train station that could also be an LRT station!

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liberaleliteJul. 10, 1211:27 AM

Sad to see so may rails being pulled up. Is ANY right-of-way preserved to connect Stillwater to the metro by rail? There used to be this line, the Stillwater to Hastings line, and even interurban operations if I recall correctly. Someday we're going to wish we still had these corridors.

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cjohnstonJul. 10, 1211:33 AM

It was fun riding the dinner train. Another trail connecting with the Gateway is a good idea. Pretty scenery too.

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DufferHJul. 10, 1211:34 AM

This is sad. We dined there on our 25th anniversary many years ago and it was truly a wonderful experience.

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lkjh99Jul. 10, 1211:41 AM

Rode the Zephyr once. It was OK but, it wasn't going to be anything I would make a habit of doing.

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F10028Jul. 10, 1211:43 AM

I also enjoyed the dinner ride on this train. An unforgettable event with a group of friends.

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sharkysharkJul. 10, 1211:51 AM

State trails we've got lots of. Trains, not so much. Pretty sad.

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sniper48Jul. 10, 1211:51 AM

Congratulations Mr. Paradeau, I know this has been long and hard for you to sell. Hopefully you got what you wanted for it and now can enjoy your retirement. I hope the train is going somewhere where it can continue its romance. God speed sir.

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ZombiehunterJul. 10, 1211:57 AM

I hopped the train several years ago with a party of friends and it was neat, but not something to write home about. The train lurched along at about .03 MPH because the rail bed hadn't been maintained in many years. Anything faster than that and it would have tipped over. The food was...well, let's just say you were there for the atmosphere and not the eats.

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sniper48Jul. 10, 1211:57 AM

Sad to say, the state rail abandonment program is not being provided with monies to buy up corridors. It seems that the legislature has to allocated monies on a case by case basis, while the statute says there is supposed to be a certain amount of money maintained in an account. Too much politics internally and managerial ineptitude stifle the program.

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