Empties heading back to the plant.
In an extremely rare sight, a pair of MRL SD40's head up a priority Northtown to Laurel freight, and are seen here just before entering the Willmar yard at Kandiyohi, MN. In 5 miles, they'll chang... (more)
BN 9794 was a former NP passenger FP7, one of two that were purchased to cover passenger service between the Twin Cities and Duluth and International Falls, MN. In March 1973 the unit still wears ... (more)
BN's class GP35 was GN's class GP35. No. 2500 leads a former CB&Q GP35 on a transfer headed towards Lyndale Yard Minneapolis' west side. The train is coming off the Mississippi River freight line ... (more)
Here is an example of an GN homemade repaint into Big Sky Blue. GP20 no. 2002, among the only or very few classes of locos to retain their predecessor numbers in the BN merger, has been repainted ... (more)
In March of 1973 one could still find non-BN painted predecessor locomotives, but green was getting a foot hold. Here former GN 424, a factory painted Big Sky Blue SD45 can be compared to BN's cas... (more)
Getting up close and personal with a hump retarder in action is not for the faint of heart. Especially on Milwaukee Road in 1972. Here we have a boxcar getting clamped as it progresses down the hu... (more)
CNW 219, formerly F7A 4076C, looks a bit worse for wear, but keeps humming along with mainline freights on former CGW and MSTL lines between Minneapolis and Iowa. This scheme was a replacement for... (more)
The third one of the weekday afternoon Northstar commuters.
Northtown-Grand Forks with a couple of Dash 9's.
The Empire Builder arrives into St. Cloud for a crew change nine hours late with a surprise (to me) leader. With a quick crew change here in St. Cloud, the train gained an hour by arriving... (more)
DP on a grain train destined for Northtown.
The second of the afternoon Northstar commuter trains makes track speed at 75MPH.
Stack train destined for Seattle or Tacoma.
A sunny March day finds former Omaha Road RS-3, CNW 167, idling between chores on industrial trackage along the Mississippi River in Winona, MN. The CNW and highway bridges over the river are visi... (more)