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.
Growing up on the Grand Trunk Western gave me an appreciation for the versatility of the SW1200RS. Here an ex-Central Vermont unit leads an ex-CP SW900 and an old Rock Island hopper.
An old grain elevator, an MOW track cart, jointed rail with some spare sticks alongside. I imagine not much has changed since the Milwaukee Road bankruptcy other than the locomotive paint.
Who says South Dakota doesn't have scenery or cool railroads?
The CN turn crosses Cedar Lake while working around town.
The sound was stellar as a quintet of four axles accelerates out of a slow order.
They day started out slow in Waterloo with nothing shootable on the Iowa Northern or CN, so we headed down to Cedar Rapids and ran into the CN turn with a nice pair of SD60s.
Crandic Job 3 with an MP15 holds while Job 4 drags a long cut of cars with an odd looking Relco unit in the new paint scheme.
The Cedar Rapids to South Amana job is a short but heavy 53/10, 7190 tonnage, 3968 length. There will be another job running up to Cedar Rapids this afternoon to pull the remaining tonnage.
The future is hard to predict. Would could have seen UP running over AT&SF's crown jewel?