GBW train 2 has finished switching the sand load out at Taylor and is really working hard to get back to track speed as it makes its way east powered by 323,320 and 311.
Wearing a paint scheme usually associated with the BA&P in Montana, this GP9 now works one of the numerous sand loading sites in western Wisconsin.
Power for CN's L-577 local rests in Taylor, which has a strong Amish community as evidenced by the sign. In this case Iron Horse parking is more appropriate.
While Badger's attractive GP9 is in the shop for work, this leased former Conrail GP15-1 (1689) shoves empty hoppers towards the plant to be loaded with sand.
This former Columbia & Cowlitz geep is now working a new fracking sand facility at Taylor.
Badger Mining's sharp looking former C&NW geeps shoves cars back to its sand loading area after making an interchange with CN (GB&W) in Taylor.
The CN Whitehall Sub has 2 locals based out of Taylor that work between Wisconsin Rapids and East Winona. The main customers is the booming business of frac sand mining plants along the route, and... (more)
Badger Mining Company geep rests before switching more covered hoppers for sand loading. Sand is big business in western Wisconsin.
Chased this train also east from Dodge to Merrillan, a tough chase but offered lots of photo opportunities
Chased this train east from Dodge to Merrillan, nice to get their only C430 leading
GB&W 323,321,322 work the sand load out at Taylor on a mainly cloudy morning. The 323 was probably the GB&W's most reliable unit and was popular with the operating and mechanical crews.
GB&W 314,320,322 are getting ready to do some work at Taylor with 87 cars on #2.
This scene just works for me: the Illinois Central and a farm. I only wish the chances for shots like this weren't fading away so fast.
IC 1028 and EJ&E 674 wait at Taylor for the next crew to come on duty. A crew will arrive the next day (Sunday morning) and take the train east to Wisconsin Rapids, WI. The stacks at the back of... (more)
Big 6-axle power, 90 lb. jointed rail, a switch stand and beautiful morning light. A great way to start the day!