The Twin Cities & Western makes a rare visit to the western end of the Minnesota Prairie Line to retrieve some sand cars from storage. The train is seen passing the restored Minneapolis & St Louis... (more)
Slowly but surely I'm getting some more photos checked off my list along the Minnesota Prairie Line. Thanks to a timely text from another local railfan, I was able to rush out to Belview and get ... (more)
A lone CAT Diesel Power GP20C basks in the afternoon light adjacent to the Southern MN Beet Sugar Co-Op.
On what once was Milwaukee Road's Pacific Extension, TCW 3516 clanks along with the daily Milbank Turn. Normally a 5 day a week operation, peak traffic demands runs on Saturday, as seen here.
A Twin Cities & Western freight chugs its way under an old rural overpass, on its way through Granite Falls.
A mixed train of rock, grain, and sand fly by me at a blistering 5 mph. They're just a few miles out of Granite Falls, and the end of my Saturday morning chase.
The quiet small town of Milan, MN is disturbed by the roar of a couple Cat powered geeps. They are now up to 25mph as they glide past the elevator and past some parked grain cars.
Thinking I'd find nothing on a Saturday along the Twin Cities & Western, i was surprised with not only a TC&W train, but also an empty BNSF coal train. Here, a couple Cat powered geeps pull their... (more)
After interchanging with CP, the TCW heads west bound for Hopkins.
The Saint Paul Turn makes an extremely rare appearance on the BNSF's Saint Paul Sub. This train usually takes a route using the BNSF's Midway and CP's Merriam Park Subs.
Former demonstrator 3516 sits with leased CP 1513 and RRVW 4106 as the crew waits for the light to get on to the Wayzata Sub. The 261 steam shop is nearby and one of their former NJT cars in the ... (more)
TCWR making the afternoon Westbound trip. Taken at Cedar Lake Road in Minneapolis
TCWR 3516 pulls a coal load along Childs Road. These are among the cleanest engines in the Twin Cities. Notice the broom!
Finally! Three days of sunshine. But negative degrees didn't prevent me from catching the daily St. Paul train.
After stalling at St. Anthony, a MNNR unit helped this grain train into the yard.