A loaded ballast train from St Cloud, MN to Walton, MO heads south through Forest Hills Golf Course. No drone required, we are perched on Grandad Bluff.
A westbound train of steamship boxes flies west through the quaint town of Elk River. Unfortunately, with the congestion on BNSF this would be one of the few trains actually moving.
BNSF's JY Local crosses the 3,860' long, 162' high bridge over the Sheyenne River with five SD40-2s and 124 cars. Not the kind of local I am used to... but one of my favorite photos of the trip.
RRVW train JTCA10 from Jamestown to Casselton has the Kent P. Shoemaker in the lead. Always curious, I found that Kent was one of two founders of the RRV&W (and TC&W) after a long career includin... (more)
North Dakota has been experiencing record rainfall in the past few decades, creating lakes in the rolling hills. Railroads used large amounts of rip-rap to deal with the issue.
It was a day of eastbounds, which worked to our advantage on the ex-NP Jamestown Sub but hosed us in the afternoon on the ex-GN KO Sub. A Glendive, MT to Northtown, MN key train brings up the rea... (more)
No, it's not a DPU. The only westbound in 4 hours was empty crude oil running 1x2.
An eastbound grain empty crosses the high bridge over the Sheyenne River. Talk about a peaceful and relaxing place in between burst of excitement.
A 107 car RRVW freight from Edgeley, ND is a few miles from terminating at Breckinridge, MN. RRVW 2005 honors Charles H. Clay, a long time Soo Line employee and one of two owners of the RRVW.
An eastbound CP freight passes a jerry-rigged crossbuck.
A dogs breakfast of paint schemes drags 143 cars past Schmit Dairy.
A freshly painted C44-9W passes the Great Northern depot with MOW train consisting of 52 side dumps with large rip-rap boulders makes its way from Granite Falls, MN to Karlsruhe, ND.
The Hankinson Switch drills Red River Energy's small ethanol plant at the end of CP's Veblen Sub.
The beginning of the line for 85 cars of quartzite aggregate & rip-rap. Glad the state of South Dakota had the foresight to purchase this line out of the Milwaukee Road bankruptcy.
The Hankinson Switch returns to base with a Candy Apple Red GP39-2 leading the way.