After dropping of coal for the UW heater, the MABLT heads west, off the isthmus. Visible near the horizon from right to left are Lake Monona, the Capital, and a giant tire fire 40 miles away.
1003 cruises towards the Madison WSOR yard at a blistering 10MPH.
SOO 1003 reverses direction, heading back to the yard after making a run out to MX.
MABLT drops coal off at the UW Heating plant.
WN 1501 throttles up through the weeds on its way to Chetek, WI.
With the State Capital building in the background, WSOR business extra crosses Washington Ave. on an April afternoon. Now down to 1 track, 12 tracks used to cross the street at this location.
On the scale track, exDMIR 316 brings a load of Fairlane pellets into Proctor Yard.
A WSOR business extra stops by the old Milwaukee Road depot (now a bike shop). The new University Kohl Center visible in the background.
A sign of things to come at Proctor yard. These are SD40-3's not SD40Ts, or whatnot.
A loaded string of taconite cars sits in the proctor yard, waiting to go to the docks.
SOO 1003 pauses at the wye on the Cottage Grove Sub, preparing to back into the yard.
A sign of things to come, perhaps?
The conductor sets the switch for the inbound taconite loads.
WN 1501 and train heads south towards Chippewa Falls. Note the location of the other engine - done to facilitate spotting the car on a facing point spur.
3801 pulls the MALAM across the MX crossing (the only railroad crossing in the middle of a lake) with ice fisherman sitting contentedly waiting for a bite.