You are here

A Maroon Father's Day

dmir227's picture

On this pleasant Father's Day I headed out with Gus and was very happy to find Missabe 215 at the diesel house along with recently-arrived CN SD40-2Ws and SD60Fs (EJ&E 674 was lurking inside). Kevin showed up and mentioned that they have been using 212 (on the far left) and now 215 to switch the sharp loading track at Lakehead, a standard practice during DM&IR years.

[G2:6772 n=1 frame=none size=500]

We hoped that the 07:30 PRS would take the 215 set but radio chatter indicated they were planning on taking the limestone power (3Ws) down light engine to Lakehead. While we waited I shot the yard slug set heading to the barn.

[G2:6776 n=1 frame=none size=500]

Not knowing when the PRS would leave we took a quick trip over to Cloquet in hopes of catching CTRR's 8A job headed out to start their day (Gus likes the little red engines). Sun was down the middle of the tracks but what the heck.

[G2:6780 n=1 frame=none size=500]

Back to Proctor where we heard the PRS engineer tell the yard that their limestone set was having issues so a change of plans had them taking the 215 set instead! By now the pesky humidity clouds had started to form but we lucked out with sun as he departed Proctor for the east of 6.

[G2:6784 n=1 frame=none size=500]

About to curve under I-35.

[G2:6788 n=1 frame=none size=500][G2:6792 n=1 frame=none size=500]

Dave Schauer
Missabe Railroad Historical Society
Publications Chair
Duluth, MN