Westminster Junction Drainage Arch
Westminster Junction Tunnel #5
About the location of tunnel #5
Photo taken by John Marvig in November 2013
BH Photo #271265
Westminster Junction is a busy railroad interchange point, sending trains towards Minneapolis, Eau Claire and La Crosse. The 2 level interchange serves BNSF, Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific. A standard wye makes up the top level, and a BNSF double track mainline splits making up the lower level. The Great Northern and Chicago Northwestern interchanged on top, and the Northern Pacific and Soo line below. All four railroads could interchange with each other here.
The four tunnels of the congested railroad corridor located at Westminster were built between 1882 and 1909. There was a fifth, the Soo Line tunnel, which has since been filled.
- November 28, 2013: Added by John Marvig