BNSF has been leasing these former IAIS geeps for several months now, usually working out of Northtown. They're seen trying to pull 110 cars to Willmar where they'll be swapped out for more tradi... (more)
Dan Mackey stokes the fire as we work our way north to Two Harbors. SOO 2719 turned its last wheel under steam on September 14th, as the 15 year federal inspection is due. Currently there's no f... (more)
The Wabash unit makes an appearance on the Staples Sub leading another empty oil train to North Dakota.
The BNSF SD75I's have renewed life, making their first run since coming out of storage.
NS 1073 Penn Central heritage unit leads an oil empty after a crew change at BNSF's Northtown Yard.
Sitting in Cedar Rapids is like taking a trip back in time, especially with a steam engine out the back window. The 261 has just lead another successful excursion and was spotted at the rear of t... (more)
MNNR sand train runs down the Midway Sub, with the B39-8's in the lead and a former BN C30-7. Pushing is MNNR 50 and 71, an SF30C and C636-CAT rebuild.
MNNR 42, sporting it's new red paint, works on spotting steel at SSAB. The unit is a one of kind former Santa Fe rebuild.
NS 1065 Savannah & Atlanta is on its second round trip to the oil fields in North Dakota, seen heading into Northtown to take on fuel before continuing west.
SP power has been working the Altoona Sub for several weeks now, mainly assigned to MALMCS sand trains between Altoona and Mason City. This train was created to bypass switching the cars out at S... (more)
SP 144 leads two patched units on MALMCS (Altoona-Mason City) sand loads.
The NYC, known as the Water Level Route, looks right at home heading west along the Mississippi with train 283.
The Illinois Termal heritage unit leads an oil can east on the BNSF Staples Sub. This is the fourth NS heritage unit to pass through the Twin Cities.
Shooting trains on this bridge is tough, given they only run two trains a day across here. On top of that, the eastbound is almost always at night. Luckily the schedule was thrown off recently a... (more)
U789 has just departed Minntac with another load of freshly baked taconite pellets, headed to Two Harbors.