A quiet Sunday afternoon at Northern Industrial Sands finds a couple of SD40M-2's sandwiching PGR 42 SD38-2 (ex-Reserve Mining 1242) on a train tied down for the weekend along with Wisconsin North... (more)
The 3069 (an ex SD40 rebuilt to -2 standards) and sister CITX 2811 (an ex UP SD45 also rebuilt to SD40-2) working the Superior Silica Sands facility, one of half a dozen fracking sand facilities l... (more)
Long removed from its days hauling ore in northeastern Minnesota, former Reserve Mining 1242 spots empty hoppers under the sand load-out at New Auburn.
Hooping up the tea. With true shortline charm, the engineer on L3 prepares to snare his sweet tea from a switch broom. It might not be a train order, but the classic pose is priceless.
A former Reserve Mining SD38-2 assists a leased switcher as they spot cars for sand loading.
One of the best looking paint schemes in Wisconsin. Back before the fracking sand explosion Wisconsin Northern used their pair of painted GP15-1s together to serve the few customers along their li... (more)
A leased EMD switcher rests on a quiet weekend as a pair of UP road units sit clear of the Wisconsin Northern mainline.
Progressive Rail's former Soo Line (Minneapolis Northfield & Southern) SD39 fills in at Chieftian Sand slowly positioning covered hoppers for loading of fracking sand. Business must be good as it ... (more)
Wisconsin Northern Railway builds a train of frac sand while working at New Auburn, Wisconsin the day after Christmas, 2013.
SW1500 leased from CIT pushes sand hoppers through the frac sand hopper on this foggy day in New Auburn, Wisconsin.
A CIT switcher sits outside a frac sand plant near New Auburn, Wisconsin as piles of sand rise towards the sky in the background.
A leased switcher moves hoppers into position for loading of fracking sand at one of the plants located along the Wisconsin Northern.
A pair of CIT locos leased to one of the new Frac Sand companies at New Auburn crosses a small bridge while doing some car shuffling with the Wisconsin Northern
The view from inside a Wisconsin Northern GP15 with Engineer John bring his train north through New Auburn, Wisconsin.
Perhaps just another UP unit train, but not if you consider the location. Wisconsin Northern has started loading frac sand in New Auburn from a pit in Arland, WI and using UP run through power. ... (more)