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Friday Flashback - SOO

Ok I'm not sure if this is even in Superior but the date on the back of one of the photos says 1-1-1969. Maybe someone out there, hint Dan Mackey, can tell us where this is:

Autorailer in Superior


Collecting rust at the head of the lakes.

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Return of the Hack

Who would have ever guessed that a caboose would return to "regular" road service in the twin ports? The CP is now using one on trains 483/482 which operate out of Humboldt. The reason? So that the crew has a shoving platform out of Humboldt. Why? Because they can't get through the yard at Northtown, and usually one track at Shoreham has a train on it, so they now shove out of Humboldt, across the river and over to BN University. I don't know how long this will last or what kind of shape the caboose is in, but it *might* make for a nice photo. ~Mike Burlaga

Siemens Train

Siemens train loaded with 24 nacelles and spinner cones along with 33 20' containers. Parts were off-loaded by Lake Superior Warehouse from the Dutch flagged Metsaborg around the 16th of May. The train will carry the parts from Duluth, MN to Casper, WY for use on a 101-megawatt wind farm in Converse County, Wyoming.

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Crossing the Grassy Point swing bridge with US hwy 2 Bong Bridge in the background.

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Passing the neighborhood hockey rink.

Fancy West Duluth Move

It appears the BNSF has spotted cars loaded with steel for the I-35 Mega Project thus forcing the CN to pull down the BNSF towards Garfield Ave and shove their limestone empties down the westbound and then run around them on the eastbound. When pulling they simply have to shove east of the CN connection at 21st ave west. Nice to see the railroad getting in on the construction project. Here are a few photos I was able to capture of one such move this morning, with typical Duluth weather:

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Schnabel Car CEBX 800

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General Mills A in the background as the largest schnabel car in the world get ready to cross Railroad Street.

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The largest schnabel car in the world leaves Duluth. The CEBX 800 weighs in at 370 tons empty and can carry a load weighing up to 810 tons. The car is 231'8" long when empty and can stretch to 345' with a load. It has a maximum vertical load shifting ability of 44" and a maximum horizontal load shifting ability of 40" either direction.


Where else can you find one of the newest painted locomotives paired up with one of the oldest painted locomotives?

The trailing unit has been repainted twice in the last 25 years while the 2057 still wears Milwaukee colors. The 4403 was the first unit to sport the Soo candy apple red scheme.

Wreck on the CN

Went out during the eye of the hurricane to see what wasn't moving. We got around 4-5 inches of blowing snow around Superior this morning making things interesting. Was able to get a few photos though, the first two are of the wreck last night. The tank car that derailed was an empty residue car.

Wreck on CN

Went out with list member Dan Mackey and managed to get this lousy shot. Last radio chatter I heard was the same as what Scott reported, certainly better than the 28 cars that were reported to be on the ground. A loaded tank car just missed the 35 bridge and has one truck sitting on the main and one truck which is about even with the rails on the siding. Highway 35 seems to be a target spot for derailments. The train was headed to Itasca.

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CP Power

The CP has its' heritage fleet in town this week. I was fortunate enough to have the sun pop out for a few minutes before it set:


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