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Winona, MN is a locomotive crew change point on the Empire Builder. This makes it a brief fresh air stop for trains. The station platform is made of concrete and wood. The wooden portion is planks covering a second station track, along the track that at least eastbound Empire Builders use. The stop has recently gotten the addition of modern signage along the platform and there is a historic Milwaukee Road Station house still staffed by an Amtrak employee and offers checked baggage. The station house is set back from the tracks used by the Empire Builder a bit with a parking lot and grass in between, a second branch line track with a brick platform is right outside of the actual depot and has its overhang. The parking lot is so close to the platform without a genuine fence that temporary barricades have been set up that have little printed signs (signed by Amtrak) on them saying "No Parking, No Driving on Platform."
Photos 1-4: 14 July, 2006, 5-20: 24 October, 2011, 21-40: 2 July, 2013

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Looking down the platform at Winona MN. Superliner-II Sightseer Lounge Car #33047 is in the station, on the Empire Builder.
14 July, 2006
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Looking down the second track, that has wood over trains can stop at the far track
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A platform sign at Winona, MN
14 July, 2006
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Passengers on the Southbound Empire Builder #8/48/808 enjoy a breath of fresh air
14 July, 2006
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Stepping off the Empire Builder at Winona with a modern sign, the previous sign has been removed but the metal frame is still around it
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Winona platform sign
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Smokers mingle with disembarking passengers
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A chef looks out of the dining car at arriving passengers walking down the platform
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The historic station building set back from the platform
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Another view of the historic depot
14 July, 2006
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Looking over the wooden boards across the secondary track
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A modern sign and station house beyond
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Alongside one of the sleepers a crowd waits to board a coach
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Looking beyond the transition sleeper at the baggage car and two P42 locomotives where the engineers are changing
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The parking lot in front of the station platform and town beyond
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Superliner Transition Sleeper #39012
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The parking lot in front of the historic depot
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A movable barricade on the concrete is all that closes the platform off from cars
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The No Parking, No Driving on platform sign
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