This may look like just another grain train, but this is on UP's Mankato Subdivision between St. Paul and Valley Park. Every so often BNSF will hand a train off to the UP for delivery to Savage, ... (more)
Four SD40-2's negotiate between the skyscrapers and the Mississippi River with the South St. Paul-Valley Park transfer. You can really get a feel for how tall these buildings are when the train l... (more)
Job 52 goes about spotting cars on the Hennepin Line. It won't be long before the RS27's are parked for the winter and the RS18 gets pulled out.
The conductor rides the point of MNNR 316 as they work along the Hennepin Line on a warm summer morning. The 316 has a pair of flags flying high as the engineer puts on a show for myself and fell... (more)
A lot of variables came together nicely in this picture, the biggest being the sun was out. Train 199 was more or less an appetizer as we waited for the big prize, SP 4449.
Three GE's exit the tunnel on Main 1 at Westminster with train 490.
BNSF 6320 can't be more then a couple of months old as it leads a Dash 9 and a heavy Northtown-Galsburg manifest down Main 2 at Newport.
CP 199 can be fairly reliable for an afternoon run up the river. With that in mind, 45 minutes later Nick Benson and I were at the top of this bluff. It was well worth the hike.
WPSX coal empties ease around the river and the bluff at Maple Springs. I have a new found respect for anyone who attempts this shot as the hike is not easy. Thank goes out to Nick Benson for th... (more)
A fishermen heads for home or a new spot as he departs the bay in his speed boat. CP 291 is westbound with one unit in charge. They'll meet an 882 coal load at Duke before continuing to St. Paul... (more)
SP 4449 leaves the Minneapolis skyline in a cloud of steam and smoke. The train is just under way as they embark on the last trip of the weekend down the Mississippi River.
It's been several months since CP has taken over, but blue and yellow is still holding strong as the daily Kansas City-St. Paul manifest rolls on at Maple Springs.
The clouds parted nicely just in time as SP 4449 raced on towards Red Wing with the fall colors excursion train held by the "Friends of 261."
In what will probably be my only sunny shots of the weekend of this unit, SP 4449 takes the east leg of the wye before shoving back into the siding for the night. Tomorrow they'll head down the M... (more)
LTB84 rolls past downtown with cars for Valley Park. It's hard not to want to work the Robert Street Lift bridge into the shot, even when they're not using it.