Not too many takers for the ice houses on Lake Benton today with an artic blast from the northwest keeping things a tad bit on the chilly side.
Westbound freight encounters fresh snow deposited the night before. Temp -17F with windchill -35F. Boy it was cold.
In a historic scene, DM&E 6200 east thunders through Rondout in run 8, slamming the EJ&E diamond, passing the vintage tower, and grabbing the paper work hung low by the on looking tower operator.
After pausing at the stop signal in Wadsworth, this rare detour move is back underway... cruising past the Milw. town sign enroute to Rondout.
A westbound freight climbs out of the Mississippi River valley.
Prairie railroading! This is the north switch at Fairburn and it is blown in with Tumble weeds. The first 5 cars of our pickup where "Drifted" in with tumble weeds up to 9 feet high.
A very late MCCHU heads north on the Belt with a nice set of SD40-2's. Time 07:28.
A southbound ICE frieght curves along the Mississippi River in the last rays of evening light. Note that the nose is labeled DM&E instead of just DME.
ICE 209 is burning dirty as the train moves toward New Hampton to meet 3 eastbounds...
Rare manifest symbol MKCMC (Kansas City-Mason City,IA) enters south Yard Limits at Nahant with DME 6200, fresh out of the shops at MAC in Kansas City.