Shadows of Time brings to life 168 of Minnesota’s remaining railroad depots, including all 57 currently on the National Register of Historic Places. Entertaining and fact-filled with hundreds of photographs, maps and other images, the narrative provides a fresh look at Minnesota railroad history through brief studies of these aging structures. Many depots have survived their long retirements, thanks to dedicated volunteers who restored and preserved them. Others face continued decay and likely demise. A comparatively small number of these old train stops still operate as they did upon opening. Since all depots served an important function, humble frame structures of yesteryear get equal billing with the splendid big city stone and steel archetypes of railroad architecture.
Dave Hartjie, Executive Director of the Minnesota Transportation Museum, says of Shadows of Time: "A very comprehensive and in-depth look at the historic depots of Minnesota, great attention to detail, fine photos, and very easy to read. I would recommend this to both the serious railfan and curious history buff. It is both informative and enjoyable to read."
John E. Luecke, a leading Minnesota railroad historian and author, observes, “This book presents the history of Minnesota’s surviving depots as never before, and its fine graphics and information make it a must for any student of Minnesota railroad history.”
About the Author: Bill Schrankler served as an elementary school principal in St. Paul Public Schools from 1963 through 1994, having earlier worked as an elementary teacher and a Twin Cities public television science teacher. A University Minnesota graduate, Schrankler later earned a PhD in Educational Administration at his alma mater. He headed educational enterprises as Mad Science of Minnesota, Edutronics, Inc., and Starshine Educational Consultants. Schrankler possesses a deep interest history and currently serves on the Board of the Woodbury Heritage Society.