MN Griswolds

This is a list of all known remaining Griswold crossing signals in the state of Minnesota, excluding museums and private collections.

Updates and corrections welcome; last updated August, 2017.

In the Twin Cities, the Edina, Brookside / Yosemite Ave Griswolds were replaced sometime in 2014 or 2015; the St. Louis Park, Walker Street pair was replaced on April 23, 2015. 

Minnesota Commercial's on Taft Street in Minneapolis came down in August, 2016. Their last set, in Minneapolis on Franklin Ave SE, was removed in the summer of 2017.

In outstate Minnesota, the Skally Line, Cliffs Erie, TCWR Granite, and ICE Owatonna signals are no longer in place; Hibbing and Faribault are the only known holdouts outside of MSP.

As of October, 2016, Hibbing still has 4 pairs of Griswolds, but, all of the rotating stop signs have been removed.

Active Lines

There are only half a dozen Griswold pairs remaining along active rail in Minnesota; four(!) in Hibbing, and one each in Minneapolis and Robbinsdale.

Hibbing, 1st Ave E


Hibbing, 3rd Ave E

Hibbing, 5th Ave E

Hibbing, 13th Ave

Robbinsdale, 45th 1/2 Ave

  • BNSF Monti Line, ~1 train daily
  • Verified August, 2016
  • Google Map

Minneapolis, 22nd Ave

  • BNSF, used daily by local
  • Rotating stop signs were in place on October 21, 2016, but gone the morning of November 1. This was almost certainly the last pair of Griswolds in operational service with operating stop signs anywhere.
  • Photo
  • Google Map

Exempt

There are still a few holdouts along lines that are functionally dead; three along CP's unused MN&S/IC&E line in the South Metro and Faribault, and another on an unused UP spur in Plymouth.

Burnsville, 155th Street

  • CP's ex-MN&S Line (no traffic at this time; line is functionally abandoned)
  • Google Map

Faribault, County 60 / 4th Street

  • CP's ex MILW/SOO/CP/I&M/ICE line (no traffic at this time; line is functionally abandoned)
  • Stop signs in place, but painted with "Exempt" placard
  • Last train would have passed circa 2010 before traffic went to PGR (which accesses customer from the north and doesn't pass this segment)
  • Verified June 2016
  • Photo
  • Google Map

Lakeville, 172nd Street

  • CP's ex-MN&S Line (no traffic at this time; line is functionally abandoned)
  • Google Map

Plymouth, County Road 6

  • Exempt (no traffic at this time; spur it's on is functionally abandoned)
  • Stop signs still in place
  • Verified September, 2016
  • Google Map

Griswolds Outside of Minnesota

There's not too much information online about extant Griswolds elsewhere, though of what's out there, Jerrold Crawford's page is probably the best (even though it hasn't been updated in ~15 years). He lists one at 1227 Old Bayshore Hwy, San Jose, CA, but Google Streetview shows it coming down between February 2009 and February 2011. Likewise, the pair at 2561 E D St, Tacoma, WA, disappeared sometime between July 2008 and July 2012. 

South Dakota had one on the EE in Valley Springs on 487th Ave, though it was removed by August 2017 when I went to check on it myself.

Iowa had a few left along the former M&StL near Steamboat Rock as recently as 2014 (S 1st / State 56 Street in Steamboat Rock ;State 56 north of Steamboat Rock); any updates on their current status would be appreciated.

Wisconsin had had one on an exempt stretch in Sheboygan at Union and Business as recently as 2013.