Coal loads for Superior, WI power up for the hill out of the Crystal Springs causeway on a perfect April morning.
A westbound coal empty from Minnesota slowly heads west through the causeways of Crystal Springs, ND. It was a little bit of a hike to get here, but well worth the effort!
It was great to find an old green and white leader complete with a nose herald on this empty coal train from Minnesota.
All three units, two in front and one pushing, were kicking out that trademark EMD sound as they lug their heavy coal train up the hill out of Crystal Springs, ND.
An empty coal train blasts across the long causeway at Crystal Springs. As the clouds in the background dumped several inches of snow across Minnesota, the sun came out just long enough for a ple... (more)
Close on the tail of another westbound empty, this long coal train heads out onto the long causeway near Crystal Springs, ND. The dark clouds from a snow storm over Minnesota really make the new r... (more)
Three SD70MAC's lead an empty coal train across the Crystal Springs Waterfowl Production Area.
Westbound "Z" train
After a 4 hour wait this Cohasset, MN to Spring Creek Mine, WY empties rolled over the lake near Crystal Springs. The afternoon on the Jamestown seem to be very quiet today. In the 5 days I was ou... (more)
The area between Valley City, ND and Steel, ND is known as the Missouri Coteau. This area is known for glacial potholes and hills, where glaciers were believed to stalled years ago. This Black Thu... (more)
The cows and calves have learned to ingore the daily parade of coal trains, as a trio of EMDs wheel a coal train through Crystal Springs.