While not "rare", the odds of getting two consecutively numbered tunnel motors alone on a train are pretty low. Traditionally (before CN, about 1997-2004) the Iron Range Sub. trains almost always ... (more)
Ecelectic consist rolls south with empty cars used for limestone service.
While the leader is nothing special, the consist is interesting and typical of the former Missabe in its current state. Limestone winds through the ladder of switches on its way to Fairlane. Forme... (more)
Normally this would a normal day for the Brainerd Local, but this trip was the last they would make to the mill, which was closed at this point. They dodge traffic for the last time as the fate of... (more)
Rolling through Ebro.
After preparing for a single shot around 0900, this train was delayed with air problems (around -30 out) and did not depart Cass Lake until 1300, giving us perfect light for a chase. Seen here roa... (more)
Single Soo unit works the CP's Duluth Yard as the city of Duluth rises up in the background. You would be hard pressed to recreate this scene today, as GP22ECO's dominate the bare bones operation ... (more)
Two things not usually seen in the Twin Ports, DRGW units and GP60's, are all rolled into one as the severly overpowered UP Transfer rolls back to their yard in far east Superior, WI. In the backg... (more)
Union Pacifics Twin Ports Transfer digs in as they head through Superior, WI towards Itasca Yard. In the background you can see Duluth,MN and the very place they had come from on this chilly after... (more)
Minntac loads howl through the curve at Iron Junction as they slow for the 10 mph switch at West Wye, where they will enter the Iron Range Subdivision.
Keenan Switch shoves into the plant to rescue the ore train in the distance which had some cars buried by an accident in the loadout pocket. Might not be maroon, but interesting pair nonetheless.
Rapids Local runs at track speed as they approach the end of double track on the Lakes Sub.
Rapids Local shatters the silence in this rural area as they roll at track speeds towards their first stop at Cloquet.
A massive 74 car Rapids Turn waits at Chub Lake to do work for an eastbound that is 30 miles out. Seeing as today is Veterans Day, its was kind of off putting to see they had patched over the Amer... (more)