If you are looking at a home with a railroad track nearby it can be important to know the frequency and speed of trains using the track. You can ask the sellers, but their answer may or may not be accurate…honest answers often reflect more their response to the trains rather than accurate information.

Minnesota Department of Transportation compiles information on Minnesota's 4,538 route miles of railroads serviced by 22 railroad companies. Those railroad companies are divided into three classes, based on operating revenues and status defined by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. Click here for more MN DOT railroad information.

MN DOT also compiles maps with railroad volumes and speeds. Click here or on the map below for a 'zoom-able' version of the Twin Cities freight railroad map below with primary railroad usage. Other maps are also available, or contact MN DOT (see 'Rail Data') or the railroad using the line for more information.


We have an elevated railroad track hidden in the trees behind our home. Most of the time I don't even know it's there, but every once in a while a slow train rumbles by…doesn't bother me at all, I kind of like the ambiance it gives…I find it rather picturesque. People have asked me how often the trains go by…I guessed maybe once or twice a day. In checking it out on the map I find the frequency is 3 times a day (used to be 4 times, which really surprised me!). I was right on the rumbling…its speed is only 10 mph.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX ResultsEmailHomesMSP.com


About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity

Related Posts

Where do 100+ experts predict home prices will be in 5 years?

I had a call from consumer last week who wanted to talk about where the real estate market is headed, worried that we are in another housing bubble. Although we never really know how valid predictions may be until we look back on them, I posted earlier this year about the very same concern… interestingly.

Read More

“On a scale of 1 to 10, I would have to give Sharlene a 20!!!”

A recent client who relocated from Iowa to live near her daughter in Minneapolis sent me the following note which she graciously said I could share… "I am so absolutely fortunate that Sharlene was recommended by a family member. During the looking process she was available, never pushy and acknowledged my concerns. When the right.

Read More

Moisture Testing

Moisture problems in newer synthetic stucco homes are well known and moisture testing when buying or selling them has become almost standard. Although older homes don't usually have the same moisture problems found in newer homes, this doesn't mean moisture issues are not sometimes happening. However, moisture problems in older homes are usually confined to specific areas..

Read More

One thought on “Trains…how many? how fast?

  1. What person has not heard of someone burning the candles at both ends only to look up and bemoan that after putting in their time they will promptly retire and buy a condo in the southern climates to rest alongside an azure sea for the rest of their days

Comments are closed.