The eastbound Empire Builder is running close to 5 hours late on a pleasant October morning as it glides along the Mississippi River, nearing its next station stop in St Cloud.
In a scene straight out of 1996, consecutively-numbered "goatboat" C44-9Ws lead a stack train west through the Quiet Zone in Sauk Rapids, MN.
2 grinstein SD70MACs and a SD70ACe lead an empty coal train westward through central Minnesota en route to the Powder River Basin for another load of black diamonds.
With a parishioner undergoing back surgery in St Cloud later in the morning, I was happy to get up early and see a few trains before heading to the hospital. I was even happier when I saw an alre... (more)
After waiting on a train ahead to clear CTC St. Cloud, a loaded coal train is moving again. They'll cross over to main 1, run around several other eastbounds parked between St Cloud and Becker, t... (more)
Happy Birthday Mom! Since our birthdays are only a couple days apart, my parents and I decided to spend the day shopping in St. Cloud. However, seeing Amtrak was delayed, and had an unusual leade... (more)
"Smurf" engine on St Cloud local
Talk about timing! This guy sparked my interest last night at 10 pm when i heard them arriving Casselton, ND, off the Jamestown sub. This morning, i heard them ask the dispatcher how long their ... (more)
A long unit tank train heads east behind two GEs and a third one just coming into view pushing on the rear.
A pair of old veterans drag a double stack train west past trees that are just starting to show some color.
It's a brisk morning along the Mississippi River as this eastbound manifest passes by the large Verso Paper Mill in Sartell.
Over 6 hours late, the eastbound Empire Builder dodges clouds as it sprints through Sauk Rapids, just a couple of miles shy of its next stop at St Cloud.
Coal empties from Xcel Energy's plant in Becker are making good time west behind a trio of EMDs.
A unit vehicle train heads east through the snow close on the tail of a z train.