In General
Getting Here
Fire & Police


In General

Location / Name:
Minot ND, Ward County (county seat)

What's Here:
Amtrak/former Great Northern Rwy Station
SOO Line Depot
Railroad Museum of Minot
BNSF Gavin Yard
Gassman Coulee Trestle on the BNSF west of town

GPS Coordinates:  as needed
Phone A/C: 701
ZIP: 58701

Access by train/transit:
Amtrak Empire Builder, 2 trains a day

The Scoop:

Minot is fortunate to have both of their "vintage" depot's still around, in this day and age when everyone wants to tear the old stuff up and build new!

The former Soo Line depot stands next to the railroad tracks on Main Street.

The former Great Northern Rwy depot sits just to the east of a diamond between the BNSF and the Canadian Pacific.

In the days of yesteryear, the railroads coming through here were the Great Northern and the Soo.  The Great Northern arrived in Minot in 1886, as work ended for the winter.  The Soo came up from Valley City into Minot in 1893.

A little further east of the GN station and diamond is the Railroad Museum of Minot.  There are a few items of interest outside, such as a Soo caboose and snowplow.  The museum is only open for a while on Saturdays, May thru September.

The diamond is fully signaled, and the CP upgraded their signals sometime between 2012 and 2019.

BNSF has a yard to the east of the diamond.

And, finally, to the west of town is the beautiful Gassman Coulee Trestle!

Non railroad items of interest: Minot AFB is about 12 miles north of town.

Denver Todd
Steven M. Welch
Nelson Lawry
Ron Reiring
Friends of the Burlington Northern RR
Ghosts of North Dakota website
Google Maps
Open Railway Map

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

Minot is 105 miles north of I-94, exit 159, at Bismarck ND via US 83.

Otherwise, US 2 runs east-west thru town.



Amtrak Station

GPS Coordinates: 48.236090, -101.298772
400 1st Avenue S.W., Minot, ND 58701
Station Code: MOT
Trains: Empire Builder (one a day in each direction)

The depot was built in 1905 by the Great Northern Rwy.  Amtrak has remodeled the station on several occasions: 1975, 2011, and 2013.

Ron Reiring, 2014

  Railroad Museum of Minot

GPS Coordinates: 48.237099, -101.291857
19 First St. NE, Minot, ND 58701
Hours: 10am-2pm on Saturdays only, MAY thru SEP (Not much on the page except for what is above)

  SOO Line Depot

GPS Coordinates: 48.237083, -101.293412
11 North Main Street, Minot, ND 58701

The Diamond

GPS Coordinates: 48.234852, -101.301391
The 1x2 diamond has a 23 degree angle.  Two tracks for the BNSF, and one for the Canadian Pacific.

BNSF (GN) Gavin Yard

Gavin Yard used to have a whole lot more tracks in it than it does now - 41 according to the yard maps I came across - 27 classification tracks, 8 holding tracks, 6 receiving tracks (and 3 departure tracks).  The yard also had a tower, don't know when it went.  In looking at the aerials of the yard now, it has 6 tracks in it, plus two through mainline tracks.  The yard is about 1.7 miles long from the river at 3rd St NE to 27th St NE.

The turntable and roundhouse used to be where the green circle is, compare the aerial shot with the USGS map below.



from 5th Ave NW

You should be able to get some good shots from the pedestrian overpass adjacent to 8th St NE.



  CP Over 6th Ave

The three NP bridges over 6th Avenue are similar in construction to the Soo bridge.  They are of deck-girder design.  There are three spans, two of which are for the BNSF mainline, the other one is for the BNSF-CP interchange track.

  Soo Over 6th Ave

  Gassman Coulee Trestle

GPS Coordinates: 48.229756, -101.386239

Beautiful trestle in an easy to access location!

Located 4 miles west of Minot, this trestle is 1792 feet long and 117 feet tall at its highest point. According to the comment on the Ghosts website, when a train crosses, you can hear the rumble miles away.

Even tho the BNSF tracks are mostly double tracked thru these here parts, the trestle is a single track bridge.

Non Google photos by Troy Larson, 2010.

  east approach to the trestle

  Photo by Tina, 2008, City-Data dot com


I'm going to take a different approach here, because the signals are not easy to see from the streets, hence, Google Streetview or otherwise, so I will just title them as I can.

Looking from the direction of the station, we can see the WB interlocking signals for the diamond.

On the "other side" of the diamond, we catch a glimpse of the EB interlocking signal from 2nd Ave NW.

From 4th Ave SW in 2012, we can see there WAS a pair of EB searchlight signals guarding the diamond.  In the 2019 snipet from along Western Ave SW, we can just barely make out that the searchlights have been replaced with a standard "Darth Vader" style colorlight signal.


Fire and Police

Minot City Hall, Police, and Fire HQ

They are all housed "in one big building", across from the Amtrak station.


Did U Know?

Got "nuthin" for now......

Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.


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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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