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Arrival of Snow

Heavy snow started here in the Ports around 1300 and I caught Q118 rolling through the wind and snow at Steelton. 


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WC 6006

One regret I had was never shooting the Algoma Central. The best I could do was manage a shot or two of former Algoma units roaming the WC still in their original paint. Such was the case with 6006 in 1995 as it led an all-rail ore empty into Steelton and met a Burdakin Blue Peg SD40.


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Friday Flashback - Iron River 1983

The Arrowhead Civic Club excursion 1983 version is shown at Iron River ready to head back to Duluth. This was the only time I saw a six-axle unit on this line (the AIME trip in the 1970s had the bicentennial SDP40). 

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CN Car-Train Incident

Undersheriff: Car drives into side of train in Kelsey Township

Emergency workers responded this morning to a car-train crash west of Cotton.

By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune

Emergency workers responded this morning to a car-train crash in Kelsey Township, west of Cotton.

Few details are available, but St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips said he believes there was one person in the car.

“It sounds like the car drove into the side of the train,” which may have been stopped, he said.

Phillips didn’t immediately know the condition of the car’s driver.

 “I know air medical was on the scene; I don’t know if anyone was transported,” he said.

The crash happened on Arkola Road near County Highway 7.

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Calumet Geeps

On the way home from Rice Lake today I drove past Calumet at dusk and happened to see two of the three units they have there in an easy spot to photograph just off Hill Avenue. The bright lights of the yard made shooting easy and it was nice to see the GP35 back from its summer gig at Largo for Laurentian Aggregates. Their "new" geep was by the refinery in its normal spot.

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Wisconsin Great Northern's "Big Engine"

With the weather expecting to hold today and having some free time I loaded up Gus and took him to Rice Lake for the model train show (very nice, I recommend it). The trip was uneventful but on the way back I hunted down Greg's big road engine ex-WC SD40-2 6006 (former Algoma Central). Wisconsin Great Northern uses this unit to move stored cars to and from the CN connection at Hayward Junction. Looked like they had pulled some covered hoppers recently and they also had a bunch of stored center beam flats (IC) and some tank cars as seen here. Not something you see every day in the back woods of Indianhead Country. 

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Proctor Steam

Bonus shot of an arriving pellet train with steam from the pellets drifting over a road set that would get on the empties after the pellet loader cleared.   For now the older ore cars continue to dominate the Missabe Sub side of the former DM&IR.

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Hibbing

I never did much shooting in Hibbing proper but did snag this shot (print, one of my first) of the freight house and BN coal loads staged for delivery to the PUC plant on the right. Bob Anderson had quite a few shots I bet.


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Big Snow

Big snow is forecast for the Twin Ports this Sunday (8-12 inches by some estimates) but we also received a nice blast this past Wednesday when a Clipper came through (the same front that is colliding with moisture on the East Coast today). I was in Carlton and just happened to hear a westbound coal empty get its ticket punched for the Brainerd Sub. Made for a nice shot in moderate snow. 

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A Familiar Paint Scheme Returns......

..if ever so briefly. I was monitoring the Twin Ports radio feed this afternoon and heard GTW 5936 clear off the Rainy Sub and told to hold at Steelton for a long M-347 needing a shove. This allowed me time to scoot over to Oliver and catch the 5936 leaving Steelton (after 347 cleared) headed for Pokegama. The train was an O-470 (odd symbol) and it included rail cars on the head end with general freight following. There was a break in the clouds as the train rolled across the Oliver Bridge but no ice houses that usually populate this area (the June mega flood screwed up all the good channels and fishing spots along the river). This is a scheme I grew up with when the DW&P was a member of the GTC corporation and was worn by Peg RS11s, GP38-2s and SD40s. Welcome home Burdakin Blue. 

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