It's an hour after sunrise and all is quiet on the Little Elk River as the Empire Builder flies east for its next stop in St Cloud.
Three different kinds of EMD team up together to pull the Dilworth-Northtown mixed freight through Randall on a cold and windy November afternoon.
The famous "Barf Bonnet" leads an empty coal train west of Randall, Minnesota. Since this photo was taken, the 9647 has been reapainted into BNSF's swoosh scheme.
An empty ballast train lead by a H1 C44 has just left the siding at Randall after waiting a while for Amtrak.
After being overtaken by Amtrak at Lincoln, this loaded coal train charges into the sunrise near the small town of Randall.
With my first spot clouded out, I manged to beat the silver sausage to Randall with a minute to spare...just as the clouds moved away. Another Cascades unit is the consist today, right behind the ... (more)
An eastbound coal train rolls through Randall on the main. This was the third in a five train fleet to pass us (and a train in the siding) in just over an hour.
My third encounter with this locomotive (Saint Paul, Saint Cloud and now Randall, MN) has it in charge of an all EMD standard cab lash-up of different models (SD40-2R, SD40-2 and SD60).
Another stack train, 15 minutes behind the previous one, blows through Randall.
A loaded unit coal train for Portage, WI pulls out of the siding after meeting a westbound priority intermodal.
A near "earthworm" of a unit grain train ascends the small hill leading out of the central Minnesota town of Randall. The train evidently got snowed on as it was heading through Montana and North ... (more)
A grungy GEVO leads a merchandise train heading south through the woods near Randall.
A double-stack train does a good job of giving some color to the brown landscape as it blasts through Randall.
A snoot EMD leads an RLCX leaser west. Stack Train - Chicago, IL - Seattle, WA.