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The Last Two Maroon

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In June and July there has been maroon around Proctor. Both of the last two Missabes in service, SD38-2 215 and SD40-3 403, have been working out of Proctor on various assignments, but mostly the PRS.

As I last posted, the 215 has been working the PRS quite a bit and I will post a few shots from where I left off in June.

On the morning of June 29, the 215 brought the 2330 Switch back to Proctor with stone loads.

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That evening I was able to catch the 215 around Collingwood. I believe this is where the new Duluth Middle School is going. Wonder what that will do for access? But, no problems now as you can still park in the residential area. The area will change for sure, better or worse for shooting is unknown. An interesting catch was two PRS jobs side by side there. It has been more common to see two PRS jobs out and about at the same time when their shifts overlap.

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Fast forward to July and the 215 leads 16 coal hoppers for Hallett. Won't miss this road construction if it ever ends.

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The 403 has also been working out of Proctor either on the PRS or pulling Utac pellets. Here the 403 leads a Utac over the Cloquet River last week, still looking good.

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Last Saturday, the 2330 Switch made a run to Missabe Jct. around 0730. Guess you have to be ready as one would think the day switch would be the first thing down the hill, but not always the case. Not too far behind it was the 0730 making its first trip of the morning. I got the night switch before the clouds thickened, which had the 403 leading. Clouded out on the 6264 and the 0730.

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And today, the 403 and 215 were paired up together on the PRS. Nice seeing the last two maroons together in this four unit set, currently on the north end of the consist. Was worth a shot from Skyline as I headed to the mall for errands. Units were IC 6264, IC 6258, 215, and 403 running light power to Missabe Jct.

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Kevin Madsen
Superior, WI