277 has a mixed bag consist today as it lifts it's train from the Mississippi River Valley. In a few short miles the train would be on their knees trying to lug their tonnage up the grade.
An all EMD lash-up leads a lengthy 276 east through the bluffs of the Mississippi River valley between Stockton and Minnesota City. The scenery is lush with green and the fields have just been pl... (more)
Digging into the steep grade on Stockton Hill, these three horses will have an easy climb today, with only 30 cars of train to get up and over the grade.
While chasing DM&E Train 170 along the Mississippi River, I received an email that this train (276) was heading east through Rochester, MN. I turned the truck north and arrived at this spot with ... (more)
After adding two more Dash-2's in Goodview, train #277 has changed crews and is now beginning its journey over the Waseca Sub with 9,000 foot of train.
In the final minutes of light, train #277 begins its adventure over the Waseca Sub.
Skirting the hillside, train #277 avoids the late evening shadows of the Mississippi River Valley, as it grinds up the 2.0% grade on Stockton Hill.
Four 40-2's make their way down Stockton Hill with train #276 in the last light of the day.
Slowly making its way at 10 MPH, the loaded ethanol train heads downhill towards Stockton, MN.
DME 6200 works its way upgrade at Farmers Park with a train of empty ethanol tankers.
Four SD40-2's, each a little different than the next, make the climb up Stockton Hill on a lovely Spring afternoon.
It's all 2% grade from here to Lewiston, time to hit notch 8. CP 5919 and IC&E 6436 work train #277 westward up Stockton Hill.
CP 637 is working up Stockton Hill with an empty ethonal train.
Bluffs or green, fields of gold, and dash 2's of blue and yellow... it doesn't get much better then this!
The highest numbered unit on the DM&E roster grinds upgrade on the head of 487 bound for Huron, SD.