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Saturday Night Black & White - ET Phone Bridge Yard

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In the mid-1980s BN assigned their 3 ex-NP mother-slug sets to the Twin Ports. These sets had been assigned to the Pasco hump yard for many years, originally for the NP. The Twin Ports would prove the last stomping ground for the ETs (Electric Trailers) under BN ownership, as they didn't last long here before ending up at Azcon for scrapping. Fortunately, ET-3 was spied by Missabe locomotive department personnel and was bought for use on T-Birds in 1988. Alas, that experiment didn't last long and it too felt the heat of the scrapper's torch. Interestingly, even though the slugs didn't last long here in BN paint their mothers would end up spending quite a few more years here in solo service.

Two days before Bridge Yard was shuttered in favor of traffic using DW&P's new Pokegama Yard in Superior I was able to shoot two of the three ET sets working Bridge Yard. Here SW1200 178 and ET-1 work the middle of the yard near the LSRM and 5th Avenue West (where I-35 sits today).

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At the west end of the yard sister 180 and ET-3 were also at work. Notice how the set is facing west in the first shot then east in the second shot. I would suspect this crew was assigned the chore of wying the Northstar and that is how they ended up facing different directions (I didn't see that move). The third set, 179/ET-2, was likely in Superior at 28th Street.

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David Schauer
Duluth, MN