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Brookston Bottleneck

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Once a far busier location during the heyday of GN ore operations, today Brookston looked the part as four trains converged on this tiny hamlet northwest of Duluth on BNSF's Lakes Subdivision.

The first train was the Kelly Lake Local arriving and shoving into the house track before I arrived. I suspect the local and its cars will be picked up by the Grand Rapids Turn so its units can be serviced in Superior.

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On the way back from shooting the CP Local at Swan River I heard BNSF's dispatcher DAB tell a westbound Hibtac empty to hold at Brookston for two eastbounds. I naturally diverted off Highway 2. The first was the Cohasset coal empty that the CP train met at Swan River as the sun burned through the clouds.

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Next up was a loaded KEEMAD coming off the Casco Sub that would die just down the line at Draco.

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This car had a nice leak.

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DPU was facing the right way, but quite dirty as most units are in spring (yet another reason to abandon this season).

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Finally the Hibtac was ready to head west up the Casco Sub for loading.

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Not a bad 30 minutes or so at a usually sleepy junction in northern Minnesota.

David Schauer
Duluth, MN