#40 chugs through the first snow of this winter with a train full of families going to see the Big guy at the North Pole.
After a successful run from Des Plaines to Crystal Lake and back, the 2017 Metra/Union Pacific Operation North Pole Express deadheads back towards Crystal Lake along main two, stirring up a little... (more)
Michigan's Steam Railroading Institute North Pole Express train is seen arriving at the 'North Pole' (aka Ashley, MI) with the big Pere Marquette 2-8-4 Berkshire strutting her stuff on the evening... (more)
With threats of 3 inches of snow on Thursday earlier in the week, I elected to use a day off I had earned at work on Friday, as I wanted to light up the 1225 in the snow. Well, Owosso happened to... (more)
Snow is falling as Milwaukee Road 261 prepares to depart St. Paul Union Depot.
Fireman Jim DeRocher aboard Milwaukee Road 261
Milwaukee 261 steams on the grounds of the St. Paul Union Depot during its annual "North Pole Express" runs.
Fireman and fellow RP contributor Rob Sporek shovels away on 2-8-0 #60 on its way to Ringoes, NJ on one of the railroad's yearly North Pole Express trains. Photo taken with permission while wearin... (more)
Great Lakes Central 397 brings up the antlers...er, markers, of the North Pole Express. The headend has just passed iconic Carland Elevator with a lot of smoke from 1225, while 397 quietly gets dr... (more)
With this being only one of two chances to light up the 2016 version of the North Pole Express featuring the PM 1225, I wanted to make it count, and I was hoping that people would stay away from t... (more)
After completing the run back to Owosso, rests before being shut down for the week.
On a sunny November afternoon Pere Marquette 1225 leads the North Pole Express to Ashley, Michigan. It is seen here passing the popular Carland Elevator location.
WMSR 2-8-0, on one of her last public excursions before her mandated teardown/rebuild, prepares to depart Frostburg for Cumberland on a surprisingly warm December's night.
After having to wait for the GLC ONTN to return to Owosso, the North Pole Express slows for Carland and the photographers lined up with lights before opening it back up as they try to make up for ... (more)
After the season's first significant snowfall, the fluffy white stuff provided the perfect scenery for the Sunday run of the North Pole Express.