Harvest time in Central Wisconsin, as the MVPPR chases the evening sun.
4575 has the Proviso to Valley Park manifest well under control, as the train slows into Necedah for a meet with another manifest.
The head end of MPRSS has crested the Knapp Hill. It will mostly be down hill from here into the St. Croix River valley and into Minnesota.
On a beautiful afternoon, the MPRSS starts its assent up the Knapp Hill. He is rolling again after swapping power with an empty potash a few miles back. Sounded as though there may have been the f... (more)
UP 4012 heads west across the Chippewa River on Christmas Eve day.
UP 1995 leads CNW 8701 up the hill at Altoona passing the once heavily switched west yard, now mainly used by UP for long term storage.
The CNW near yard limits as they pass Eau Claire Jct just after sunrise.
LTB60's nearing the end of their trip as they cross the Eau Claire River near Altoona. The CNW duo would turn on MBUVP after putting away their train.
A flock of geese take a morning swim in the local pond as MBUVP, already running at a good clip, heads through Knapp. Tracks good for 49 mph here.
The Butler-Valley Park manifest crosses the Chippewa River in late evening light.
MBUVP lead by CNW 8701 takes the west main while MVPPR takes the east main at Altoona.
CNW 8701 leads MBUVP past the mill at Elk Mound.
Remnants of the CNW can be seen up and down the Altoona Sub. Here, LTB61 throttles up to get a good run at Knapp Hill. They will go into the hole at Hersey and wait for ZEMCH to pass.
A shortage of crews has yesterdays LTB61 running late. Four SD40-2's and two GP38-2's throttle up as they round a bend at Elk Mound.