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A May Sunday in the Ports

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Was waiting for Mr. Christie to post a few shots from the first Sunday morning of May around the Ports, but since he didn't I guess I will blink and post a couple of what we caught in Duluth/Superior. So here is the morning action from May 2.

There was nothing moving north of Proctor, so we headed to Steelton Hill to catch the head end and pushers of a CN northbound core train on Steelton Hill. I think this was train 341. We went in to the Willard Munger Trail (ex-NP) and took these two shots. Some of these have been on my flickr stream for awhile, but here is the trip report to go with. If you just want to check the Flickr page you can skip to it.

Back to the Sunday from a few weeks ago and the CN land barge on Steelton Hill.

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From there, we headed over to the Harvest States (CHS) in Superior after seeing/hearing not much else in the Proctor/Carlton area. Caught a couple of green geeps pulling away from House 1 at CHS. They had already spotted their half dozen grain hoppers, but still had a hold of five coal loads which they would take on a trip down the Corridor to get the stripes (rotary couplers) facing the right way for dumping at Midwest Energy.

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Wasn't a very hard chase to Connors Point for the shot off Hwy. 53.

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Since living in Superior, I have better figured out how BNSF serves Harvest States by monitoring the scanner. Here are a few other shots of trains from the past heading to and from CHS.

First again with Shawn, we see a pair of BNSF Geeps heading to CHS to pick up grain empties just to the west of the Blatnik High Bridge. And then again over to Connors Point.

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Next, is a green Geep spotting CHS on the west end of the complex. Fall is a good time to catch these moves.

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After the Harvest States job there in the north end of Superior, we shot a CN transfer to UP land at Saunders (another train which a year ago would have had J-Balls) and then ran into Mr. Burlaga over in Duluth shooting the GP40-pair at Rice's Point.

Was a pretty nice morning, especially since we never even got clouded out.

Kevin Madsen
Superior, WI