Map submitted by Tim Thorp.
This abandoned right-of-way was once part of the Hayfield to Mason City Division of the Chicago Great Western Railroad. Seen here is the CGW passenger depot at Austin, MN; the CGW yards were located nearby. (Submitted by Tim Thorp)
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Do you know the date of abandonment of this line? Was Austin to Hayfield abandoned at the same time? Also, looking for additional information on CGW in Austin. Please contact me. Thanks.
I'm not for sure but I thought the line from Manly was kept in service for a while after the hayfield to austin abandonment to serve Geo. Hormel & Co.
Check this out from the Barriger Library postings on Flickr:
There are almost 400 photos of the CGW on this site. The bottom two on this link page are obviously Austin, and maybe some of you can help ID some other locations.
Do you have any pictures or information about Austin to Manly? Please