A long hike along frozen Lake Ashtabula gives a good vista of an eastbound Z train crossing the impressive former Great Northern bridge west of Luverne.
The sun is starting to burn off the fog as BNSF keeps running eastbounds toward Fargo. This manifest emerges from a fog bank and passes some nicely frosted trees just west of Mapleton.
A Dakota, Missouri, Valley & Western ballast train crawls along the prairie landscape west of Moffit ND with a couple of ex-ATSF GP20's.
A leased SD9043MAC leads a westbound at Ransom Jct. where the CPR crosses the RRV&W RR. The train will get recrewed in about five miles when they arrive at Enderlin.
A tad behind the advertised (nearly 8 hours to be exact) Amtrak 7, the westbound Empire Builder, would be through at sunrise here, just east of Minot, ND. Since today's power includes an SD70MAC,... (more)
Locomotive problems in Minnesota caused the westbound Empire Builder #7 to be delayed resulting in placing a BNSF SD70MAC on point in order to keep the train moving. Here the Empire Bui... (more)
CNJ Heritage assists a Manitou empty up the .6% grade out of Minot on a gorgeous, albeit chilly, Winter afternoon.
Two triclops lead a 26 car Ross Turn past an oil empty in downtown Minot.
NS 1071, the CNJ Heritage SD70ACe, pushes a Manitou bound oil empty over the frozen Des Lacs Reservoir on a chilly Winter afternoon.
NS's Central Railroad of New Jersey heritage unit idles on the rear of a crude oil empty destined for nearby Manitou, ND.
Today's #7 departs Minot a bit off the advertised with the Phase 4 heritage P42 leading.
After a healthy hike on the frozen lake, I made it around the bend and found a spot that I visited when the weather was a tiny bit warmer. The parade of oil continues out of North Dakota.
A westbound empty unit tank train crosses Lake Ashtabula in nice evening light, seen from beneath one of my favorite trees. Here's the summertime view: Railroad: BNSF RailwayLocomotive: GE ES44ACLocation: Luverne, North Dakota, USALocomotive #: BNSF 6208Train ID: UnknownPhoto Date: February 23, 2013
Seen from frozen Lake Ashtabula, an eastbound zipper rushes across BNSF's large bridge west of Luverne.
The view from the surface of Lake Ashtabula on a perfect February afternoon as an eastbound crude oil train soars overhead. Days like this make enduring winters on the northern plains worthwhile.