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.
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 sound was stellar as a quintet of four axles accelerates out of a slow order.
A long-gone operation, the daily Andesite Rock Company train heads north from Rolla, CO, back to Carr and Granite, WY, for another load. DAIR 2701 and 2801 pull the train through Greeley siding af... (more)
DAIR4027, former SP SD39, departing Sioux City near War Eagle Park and alongside I-29 with another train of mty's for Dell Rapids, SD. I found it very refreshing to see 3 units in a paint scheme o... (more)
Dakota & Iowa GP-9's 23, 24 (both ex NP) lead a short southbound train of gondolas filled with rip-rap over the Big Sioux River bridge north of Hawarden, IA. Operating on former Milwaukee Road tra... (more)
With minutes to spare before sunset, the northbound DAIR Rock Train crosses the Big Sioux River, passing from Fairview, SD into Iowa. As information, the train has four SD40-2s, two SD39-2s, and ... (more)
The DAIR Rock Train waits for a road crew to report, make a pick up, and take the train south on Oct. 8, 2013. A yard crew has brought the train down from another quarry north of town and parked ... (more)
The southbound DAIR Rock Train drops downgrade past some grain elevators as it begins its day in Dell Rapids, SD on Oct. 8, 2013.
The Dakota & Iowa rock train passes the elevator at Hudson, SD with a load of aggregate from the L.G. Everist quarry in Dell Rapids, SD
The Akron elevator recedes in the distance as the Dakota & Iowa rock train continues towards Sioux City, IA.
The Dakota & Iowa rock train passes another of the many grain elevators alongside it's route from Dell Rapids, SD to Sioux City, IA.
The Dakota & Iowa DRSC loaded with rock from the quarry in Dell Rapids, SD clings to the SD/IA border for a good part of it's trip to Sioux City, IA. Here it happens to be south of the small town ... (more)
The southbound Hudson-Sioux City Local crosses the Big Sioux River in Riverside, IA on Oct. 7, 2013 with GP39-2s No's. 2511 and 2510.