An 11-car Drayton Local eases south through Grand Forks on its way to the yard.
In a scene the horses have probably seen countless times, a coal train with 6 locomotives (2 helpers on the rear) slowly begins going downhill after reaching the summit just outside of Parkman.
On account of the Mandan yard being too full after a derailment at McKenzie blocked the main, this coal train was parked on the siding at Lyons, about 8 miles west of Mandan
GM's Oakway class SD60 - 9000 - is seen readying for departure with Powder River-originated coal at Galesburg, IL, while a second PRB train waits in the distance with a trio of SD40-2s - leader be... (more)
In all it's splender in the Winter sun awaiting a trip to CO.
The last local of the night out of Willmar will head for South Dakota after meeting one in Holloway, MN.
Three engines mingle at the LaGrange plant, former GM 90 and 92, now EMD 90 and 92, and an old EMD switcher. The SD90's were being load tested.
EMD 9010 leads Clay Boswell empties out of the Grand Forks Yard and onto the Hillsboro Subdivision for the run to Fargo.
Crossing over from the Passenger Main to the Hillsboro Sub, a trio of Oakways running elephant-style lead empty coal hoppers out of the yard.
Who says full service is a thing of the past?!? With Stop signage in place, EMDX 9040 waits for a final fill up on the last unit before departing.
Triple Oakways make easy work of their train this morning. Loaded Unit Coal - North Antelope Mine, WY - Twin Cities, MN.
The one and only Oakway with the EMD herald returns to the Red River Valley a month and a half after I caught it with Ardoch empties. This time it's Ardoch loads being positioned to back into the... (more)
Loaded Clay Boswell coal storms north on the Hillsboro Sub and into Grand Forks. Learn more at Grand Forks Railfanning<... (more)