A pair of Soo Line SD60's leads the 291 across the valley formed by the north fork of the Crow River west of Paynesville. The second car is carrying a large crane.
Sunny skies? Check. Temps in the high 60's? Check. A couple of SD60's to pace toward Glenwood? Check. Ok. I'm good.
Two SD60's kick out plenty of exhaust as they roar through Belgrade, accelerating back up to track speed after meeting a train at Murray.
A westbound heads for Glenwood as clouds that mark the final remnants of a large low pressure system move east at sunset.
The hottest train on the tracks in this area blasts off from Glenwood East with permission to do 60 mph. Only 1xx series trains are allowed 60 mph. The rest are limited to 50.
After a fresh crew, a loaded grain train heads east on the Paynesville Sub behind a pair of SOO SD60's.
Since SOO only aquired 5 of these wide cab SD60M's, catching one leading is quite rare. Here one brings a rock train toward Glenwood Yard.
A perfect late summer evening finds the 499 headed to Murray for a meet with the 298.
Two GE's hustle toward Glenwood with train 291, passing a few sprigs of goldenrod along the tracks.
A sweet EMD consist rounds the curve east of Buffalo Siding. I was shocked to see this train led by a SD40-2 followed by a MP15AC then a SOO SD60 and a SOO geep. For those that are curious about t... (more)
A trio of SD40-2s run elephant style and are taking the 499 to Glenwood. They are seen here just west of Buffalo picking up speed after meeting the 330 at Dickinson Siding.
The 499 is making good time westward. Between Maple Lake and Glenwood, driving highway speed, i was never more than 5-10 minutes ahead of them. And that is what is so great about the good ol SD4... (more)
The 499 just finished up their last meet, and now have green lights all the way into Glenwood. Here, just west of Maple Lake, MN.
Three SD40's lean into a curve just east of Brooten. They are on the home stretch of their trip to Glenwood Yard.
A freight behind a GE and EMD head toward the cities as the daily sunset comes a little quicker each day heading into fall.