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Photos by Mr. Missabe - 6 hours 12 min ago

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Summer Rail & Sail

Soo GP30 races footer Paul R. Tregurtha near Duluth's rose garden (guess who won). Nice to see 700 back in service on the NSSR. I could tell what was leading before I ever saw it due to the turbo whine.

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Ten Years and Two Days Ago

Photos by Kevin Madsen - 7 hours 3 min ago

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Ten Years and Two Days Ago

Erie Mining 4211 emerges from the east end of Cramer Tunnel ten years ago on the morning of August 14, 2008. Besides the weeds, it looks like a 7am train of old with the A-B-B-B-A set of Fs approaching Tunnel Siding. However the F9s are returning light power towards the siding just east of the portal to pick up 24 loaded side dumps for the trip west to Hoyt Lakes. These moves were part of the 2008 Cliffs Erie operation to clean out the dock at Taconite Harbor of unshipped ore.

The 4211 was borrowed from the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for the back up moves and wasn’t running here. It runs now at the LSRM in Duluth on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. 4210 was the control unit from the other end and it along with the 3 F9Bs did all of the work.

Bittersweet looking back on those chases of 10 years ago (where does the time go?). Was a fun time with the F-units but was the last time seeing them in their natural habitat and may have closed the history book on this line.

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08-12-2018 Sweet Soo

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:22

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08-12-2018 Sweet Soo

A pair of Soo Line GP38-2's lead a transfer from CP Stinson yard in Superior back to Rice's Point in Duluth and in doing so pass the Soo Line depot along the way.

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WC Transfer 20 Years Ago

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:09

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WC Transfer 20 Years Ago

On its way to BNSF's Northtown Yard, the WC Transfer eases down the Foley Wye in Minneapolis, MN. WC SD45s 6509 and 6528 are in charge of the transfer that had already delivered and pulled the CP cars at Humboldt on this morning in August 1997.

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Steel Baby

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:50

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Steel Baby

Unlike other gravity docks built to replace wood structures, the D&IR and DM&N used steel for primary support versus reinforced concrete like all other railroads. When you are owned by U.S. Steel that should come as no surprise.

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WC Transfer

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:13

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WC Transfer

Seventeen years ago WC 7515 leads the WC Transfer out of Northtown Yard and around the Loop Track and onto the Foley Wye in August 2001. This transfer was running in its normal morning time slot, working Humboldt Yard around sunrise and then heading to the BNSF. Just ahead they would pick up their Humboldt cars off the High Line and run east towards New Brighton to tie up.

Wisconsin Central is on its last leg here but still 3 SD45 flares on the transfer for New Brighton. Change was on the horizon as the STB would approve the CN takeover bid of the WC the next month, which was the same month I moved out of the Twin Cities to up north.

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Missabe Remnant

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:08

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Missabe Remnant

There are a few Missabe logos still on the property, but not many. One is on the conveyor reclaim system at Lakehead in Duluth.

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Classic Laker

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:08

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Classic Laker

Builder's plate on the laker Arthur M. Anderson at Dock 6 in Duluth. Currently in layup status, the Anderson might return to service if float contracts pan out. As most boatnerds know, it was the Anderson sailing behind the Fitzgerald on that fateful night - 10 November 1975.

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CN Transfer

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:35

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CN Transfer

CN 2439 leads the CN Transfer out of Northtown Yard and around the Loop Track on August 10, 2018. Heard this late CN Transfer calling out to leave Northtown and I wasn't to excited about shooting a CN train when down in the Twin Cities. But was happy to see a cowl leading this L506, although it would have been a hot ride for the crew on this scorcher of a day.

Was cool to see they still use the Loop Track and Foley Wye in about the same way as they did in WC days when I shot them a lot in the late-90s. Some track arrangement is different here and they don't have to fool with a Humboldt pick up on the High Line, but still looked like the same general operation.

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Coming Soon!

Photos by Shawn Christie - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:07

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Coming Soon!

In a few months, winter will be here again.

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Soo 6035 West at St. Paul

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 03:27

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Soo 6035 West at St. Paul

Four EMDs charge up the hill at Division Street in St. Paul, MN back on June 17, 1997. Soo 6035, 6024, 6060, and CP 5554 have train #575 just out of St. Paul Yard, working west on BNSF trackage rights to Shoreham and eventually Glenwood.

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Wrong Canadians at Camden

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:52

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Wrong Canadians at Camden

Camden was my go to spot for CP westbounds in the late-90s as the tracks curved north for some side light. One of the most unusual westbounds I shot there was this CP train with CN power. Run through power was rare on CP and I never found out why this CN pair made a run west to Glenwood. CN 5003 and CN 9504 at Minneapolis, MN back in August 1998. The lead SD40 would become one of those BNSF 7300s later in the 1990s.

Looks like the weather 20 years ago was like it's been lately this August, hot and hazy.

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Camden 1997

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:42

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Camden 1997

Things look a bit different from when I caught the 8013 there last week compared to this view in 1997.

The most notable difference is the stack of the NSP Riverside plant was still in the distance. Xcel Energy converted it to natural gas in the 2000s so the stack is gone. The Soo signals, Soo pole line, Soo SD60, and some tracks on the right are also gone.

Don’t even see as many sulphur trains on the CP or CN out of Canada. This is a CP 615 train led by Soo 6034.

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Duluth Cargo Connect

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:20

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Duluth Cargo Connect

Matched Soo Line GP38-2s 4413 and 4402 lift a pair of empty centerbeam lumber flats from the port terminal in Duluth. Warm evening light courtesy Canadian wild fires.

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Colorful Departure

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00

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Colorful Departure

Callaway with a color assist from the flowers on Minnesota Point. Departing light for Two Harbors after unloading sugar stone at C. Reiss and fueling at Husky. August 13, 2018

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Wrong Way

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:46

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Wrong Way

Don't take a left at the crossing...

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Sugar Stone

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:31

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Sugar Stone

CN's Great Lakes Fleet laker Cason J. Callaway heads up the St. Louis River with a load of limestone to be used by beet processors in the Red River Valley.

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Crossing the Crow River

Photos by Shawn Christie - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:14

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Crossing the Crow River

CP H55

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Twlight Rail & Sail

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:42

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Twlight Rail & Sail

Had to juice the ISO to freeze the BNSF transfer and Cason J. Callaway but when you can lens a boat and train at Grassy you take the shot.

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Reflections of the Soo Line

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 13:29

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Reflections of the Soo Line

Soo 4402 and 4413 ease their transfer past Boston Yard in West Duluth as they head for Rices Point.

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