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Top Ten of 2011

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Drum roll is the top ten list of 2011 for non-ore related news. Additional suggestions welcome.

10. In what is likely a first, bags of fracking sand were delivered by salty to the port in December and loaded into boxcars
for a trip to North Dakota via CP. A unique cargo and nice to see use of rail.

9. The return of SD60s to active service on the CP (Soo) and BNSF (Oakway) was a welcome sight as those EMDs made a number
of visits to the Twin Ports.

8. NSSR again participated in the storage of Detroit Edison coal trains during the winter of 2010-11 and 2011-12. A nice
revenue source for the museum and county.

7. The "Trooper on a Train" event this summer was interesting in that the motive power used consisted of a unit from all four
Class I railroads serving the Twin Ports.

6. Passenger specials from both UP (May) and CN (August) visited the Twin Ports and then a special 261 fundraising train from
Minneapolis showed off one of Amtrak's heritage units this fall.

5. CP again operated "as-needed" trains to Bemidji via BNSF, first in the spring for logs and then later in the year with
tank cars. Not sure if any others will operate in the future.

4. CP ran a number of detour trains over the CN through Superior this spring and early summer due to severe flooding in North
Dakota. These moves lasted an extended time.

3. D&NE 2-8-0 #28 was moved from Duluth to Cloquet this month by BNSF. The former DM&IR steam engine will undergo cosmetic
restoration at the Cloquet Terminal shop and emerge as a refreshed D&NE 28.

2. It's not often that a good sized yard with new track is constructed, but that is exactly what is happening at the former
Murphy Oil facility in Superior. Look for the yard to be done soon.

1. CN officially merged the DW&P (and Missabe) into its WC subsidiary on the final day of 2011. While the two railroads
didn't visibly exist they certainly remained operating entities and the merger closes the book on these storied railroads.
They can now officially be called fallen flags.

Dave Schauer
Missabe Railroad Historical Society