The Empire Builder cruises through the Traill County seat of Hillsboro, a Great Northern Railway community half-way between Grand Forks and Fargo named honoring the Empire Builder himself, ... (more)
A loaded grain train on its way to Texas from Manitoba rolls southward through the town named for the Empire Builder, James J. Hill. No, the smoke is not from the GEs, but is rather from the Ameri... (more)
A couple locomotives on an empty coal train really steam it up just to the north of Hillsboro. Well, actually, not really; the steam is a result of Crystal Sugar's sugar producing plant and an amb... (more)
An empty coal trains passes through Hillsboro, ND and the stuffed and mounted BN caboose on a beautiful August afternoon.
Coal empties roll south through Hillsboro behind a quartet of EMDs running elephant-style. The interesting thing is that the three MACs, while all in the Executive scheme, are all patched differe... (more)
Classic northern plains coal leads empties south through Hillsboro, which makes waiting in the -13°F temps a little more bearable! Not sure how much longer we'll see SD60Ms and Oakways on these co... (more)
South Local picks up the final set of cars to take back to Grand Forks after the passing of M-GFDNTW.
South Local drops off a set of cars on the Hillsboro Siding.
A sweet consist of six locomotives prepares to enter the siding at Hillsboro to meet coal loads. BNSF 3702, the swoosh switcher, is dead in tow.
The daily Grand Forks - Northtown manifest is rolling south again behind nice Cascade Green power after running up on the South Local who had the Hillsboro Sub clogged for a few minutes before cle... (more)
The South Local with a pair of EMDX leasers creeps south through Hillsboro with a long train to take the siding and clear the main for M-GFDNTW.
Empty Clay Boswell coal keeps the main through Hillsboro at track speed with a nice quartet of EMD power. These empties are meeting loads in the hole behind me.
Empty coal elephants creep through Hillsboro for a 3-way meet with two northbounds. The mushroom cloud in the background is from American Crystal Sugar, which is partially responsible for two uni... (more)
BNSF 8301 creeps through Hillsboro to take the siding for a meet with two northbounds just south of town.
The BN 9208 heads into the siding at Hillsboro to meet another coal train heading north toward Grand Forks