CSXT 8517 and HLCX 5989 hit a pocket of sunlight as the swing through the S-curve at Dakota. Timing sure was on my side today!
I&M 206 and 370 pilot number 99 west with the normal assortment of racks and mixed freight on an August afternoon in 1999.
CP 4617, Soo 2016 head west along the Mississippi with local freight 217. The new paint on 4617 contrasts sharply with the trailing ex Milwaukee "bandit".
A variety of CP and SOO power made for an interesting 283.
A late-running 271 heads north on the CP. I love the order of these locomotives! It has been very difficult getting blue/yellow ICE and DME engines leading lately.
To conclude my "A Day in North America" I was rewarded with Soo 6048 and CP 5926 making great time up the River with a rather shot 499.
After changing from a DM&E crew to a CP crew at Goodview, MN, train 486 limps towards La Crosse, WI where the lead unit will be set out due to a bad traction motor. The crew wyed the remaining po... (more)
A nice trio of blue & yellow SD40-2s lead Ethanol loads for Chicago on the CP River Sub .
An ex-Milwaukee Road engine leads train 487 on ex-Milwaukee Road tracks at Dakota, MN.
SP 4449 easily makes track speed heading north from LaCrescent, MN, pinch hitting for Milwaukee Road 261 on the annual fall excursion from Minneapolis to LaCrescent and return.
After meeting its northbound counterpart at Donehower, 170 pulls out of the siding behind a pair of veterans.
Red and silver lead a late Empire Builder through the Dakota S curve on its way to La Crosse, WI.
Soo 4301,6617 roll a passenger special along the Mississippi.
Rolling along at a good clip. The fall color special heads through the small town of Dakota Mn. In a few miles the train will reach LaCrescent. There they will service and wye the train. Before he... (more)
Hundreds of railfans were on hand to witness the 4449's steamy passage through Dakota, near La Crescent.