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Flashback - 17th St. Yard

I tried to catch a train here this week with no luck to show how much it has changed. In the background is the old Texaco tank farm just East of Midwest Energy in Superior’s North End, long removed with only a small building and a little bit of piping left on site. The ex-NP GP9 appears to have survived on the New York & Greenwood Lake railroad out east, but from what I could find they may no longer be in business….hmmm, that would be a nice addition to the LSRM collection J

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Feb 1996 action

Back in February 1996 it was pretty cold on the range, It was 30 below or colder a few weekends when we went out shooting. Here are a few from one of those trips.

DM&IR 302 heading up a loaded tac train just South of Culver.

2 from a great location, Bear Trap Road. First up is a Missabe tac train rounding the curve.

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Sunday flashback

Seeing the weather is turning for the worse again, here are a few more from the summer of 82.

Another one from Newton Ave, easy to shoot when you only have to walk a half block to get there J. I miss the old assortment of geeps on the Northwestern, they seemed to send quite the mix up here over the years.

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More MP15 Shuffle

Caught it in Superior in the last few minutes of sunlight this afternoon, I wonder if it's headed to Northtown for maintenance? 

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Monday on the BNSF

Decided to play hooky from work today, after snow blowing duties I headed out for a few hours, the BNSF was once again a busy railroad.

First up was the Superior-Grand Forks train, got them crossing over at Saunders



The chase was on to Dewey where at track speed they were kicking up the fresh snow

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Snowy Sunday Afternoon

With the prospect of the sand train departing this afternoon and the snow finally kicking in, I headed out for probably the best two hours of railfanning I’ve had in a while. 3 tac trains and the sand train.

Managed somehow to get ahead of an empty that had just departed Allouez out at MP 15.9.

A quick circle back to catch a loaded all-rail at Vet’s crossing (Mertes Rd), he was waiting for a Northbound to clear off the Hinckley sub.

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Monday on the BNSF

Decided to play hooky from work today, after snow blowing duties I headed out for a few hours, the BNSF was once again a busy railroad.

First up was the Superior-Grand Forks train, got them crossing over at Saunders



The chase was on to Dewey where at track speed they were kicking up the fresh snow


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Cloquet Terminal

While Todd was catching the action outside on the CTRR, it was much warmer inside, Jim Ramnes and I were in the shop of the CTRR checking out the progress on the LSRM's steamer D&NE 28.

Progress is going well, Asbestos has been removed, they are digging deeper into the loco all the time to assess the full condition of the loco, they have been removing the super heater tubes to get a good look at everything inside, at this point everything looks good. If these guys find nothing major wrong, who knows where they will stop, the museum may end up with an operable steam locomotive by the time they are done.

Here is the 28 as it was yesterday.


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Looking back at the SOO

Here is one from April 1999 of the old SOO yard office and scale track at Stinson Yard. My earliest railroad memories from back in the early 70's start here on the scale track back when my dad would take me along when patrolling the tracks from Stinson to Remer, the speeder shed is in the distance on the left side of the photo.

Dan Mackey
Superior, WI

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Brainerd Local

With this past Mondays annulment of the Brainerd local, today's train was pretty big in comparison, 30 cars total. I followed them up the Brainerd sub for a ways.

Here they are at Cromwell, spent many summers here at our cabin, I used to be able to run to the end of the dock and watch the trains roll by.


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