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New to the Neighborhood

Photos by Kevin Madsen - 13 hours 37 min ago

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New to the Neighborhood

CP 7050 and 7052 head past 21st Street in Superior, WI with a 53 car transfer for Stinson Yard on the afternoon of June 30, 2020. The fog was moving in and off the lake but I did get some sun here on these rebuilds.

These SD70ACUs were returning from Duluth and picked up at 28th Street. Once they arrived Stinson they would make up the outbound 393 road train, which would depart for the Twin Cities under darkness and fog.

First time I've seen these rebuilt 7000s run past my normal CP shooting spot near my house in Superior.

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Slow Moving Meet at Grassy Point

Photos by Kevin Madsen - 14 hours 15 min ago

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Slow Moving Meet at Grassy Point

Great Lakes Fleet John G. Munson heads to C. Reiss in West Duluth as pair of BNSF Geeps (2647-1505) bring grain empties to Superior on June 28, 2020. Both are moving slowly here, as Munson finishes up its trip to unload limestone at C. Reiss, while the BNSF heads towards the Grassy Point swing bridge which closed after the boat's passage.

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MP 74

Photos by Shawn Christie - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 02:14

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MP 74

CP 7020 leads a monster 587 (3-211-8500-12,500 with 2 midtrain DP's) at MP 74 just west of Eden Valley, MN

7020 is painted in NATO Green with black lettering and numbers in a simplified design used by modern Canadian Army equipment such as tanks. The font used is a modernized “Army” stencil font.

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White Stryper.

Kent Rengo - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 16:26

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White Stryper.

IC 6251 leads a U-Tac ore empty through Munger MN. The unit has somehow missed getting the yellow safely stripe sill treatment.

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Demo Cat

Kent Rengo - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 16:18

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Demo Cat

TCW GP20C still in the demo scheme leads a turn job switching the Granite Falls ethanol plant.

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Dinosaur's.

Kent Rengo - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:51

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Dinosaur's.

CF7s in Breckenridge Yard. It didn't look like they are used all that often. The one on the right is a slug, not sure if the other has been neutered also.

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Rolling Stones

Kent Rengo - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:45

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Rolling Stones

Loading ballast in Waite Park at the Martin Marietta plant near St Cloud MN. They split the train up, shove a cut up and then pull west to load. The conveyor dumps in the primary load and the CAT loaded tops them off. The 7043 is on the second half. The NLR crew will put the train back together and bring it back to the yard in St.Cloud for the BNSF.

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CP 7020 Buffalo

Photos by Shawn Christie - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 03:18

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CP 7020 Buffalo

A very long 587 at over 12,500 ft with 100 or so potash empties followed by an empty oil train for a total of 213 cars. BNSF 8579 and NS 7242 at mid-train but not seen in the photo.

CP 7020 wears North Atlantic Treaty Organization green, which the Canadian and U.S. armies apply to fighting vehicles and equipment serving in temperate climates.

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High Tonnage Coal Double at Carlton

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 18:00

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High Tonnage Coal Double at Carlton

BNSF 9121 East rolls through the junction at Chub Lake (Carlton, MN) with 256 coal loads on June 28, 2020. BNSF starting running coal trains again to the Midwest Energy dock in Superior in late May. Since then, roughly half of them that have come across the Brainerd Sub. have been "coal doubles" like this one. When they reach the Coal Runner in Superior the trains are split up for dumping at MERC.

Details for this CSCMSUD0-63A: BNSF 9121 & 9234 upfront, then 138 coal loads, followed by 4 mid-train DPs (5720/9061/4288/9324), then another 128 loads with 3930/8758 shoving on the rear. The big numbers on this coal double: 8 units, 256 loads, 36,440 tons, and 14,185 feet. Even with all the high tonnage trains coming into the Twin Ports over the years, I can't say I've shot a train like this.

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Brainerd Local

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 17:51

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Brainerd Local

BNSF's Brainerd Local blasts out of Superior, WI with 13 cars on the morning of June 28, 2020. This train usually runs twice per week on Wed. or Thurs. and Sundays. It’s an SD40-2 and GP28M combo (1663/1511) on this Sunday morning. Looking at the train I believe the first 3 lumber cars are for Lake States Lumber in Aitkin and the 10 gondolas are for Crow Lake Recycling at MacMillen (the former OSB plant at Deerwood).

The MacMillen name in the timetable (now a "location other than station") is interesting. It must refer to the MacMillan Bloedel company that started the Deerwood OSB plant in the early 90s, which Weyerhauser would eventually close in 2007. The recycling company took over the property a few years later and ships out the gons. Even with a different spelling, the old MacMillen name has held on with the railroad through the years.

This 1663 West would take the siding at Chub Lake to meet at coal load off the Brainerd Sub.

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RCPE 3426

Photos by Shawn Christie - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 02:16

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RCPE 3426

The MTRHU with a matching 3 pack of SD40's in the wide open spaces of South Dakota between Iroquois and Manchester back in the spring of 2016.

This was the final day and final train of a 5 day trip that Jerry Huddleston, Mark Lynn, Dan Kwarciany and I took in 2016 covering four states: North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

RCPE 3426
RCPE 3422
RCPE 3428

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Cat Honor Unit.

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 18:14

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Cat Honor Unit.

Two RRVW GP20c locomotives sit in Breckenridge Yard.

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Long Hood Forward

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 18:14

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Long Hood Forward

ILSX 1920 former GTW 4436 sits unused in a western Minnesota town I don't recall.

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Milwaukee Road Survivor

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 18:13

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Milwaukee Road Survivor

Getting more difficult to find these cars with the America's Resourceful Railroad plate on the side.

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Flat switching.

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:49

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Flat switching.

BNSF job pulls empty rack flats out of Hallett 8 in West Duluth MN. The flats carried in "swamp mats" used by construction companies as temporary roads in territories where the ground surface are less than ideal to operate equipment on.

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Breck Ballast Job

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:49

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Breck Ballast Job

Red River Valley ballast train departs Breckenridge Yard and crossed the Red River.

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Smoking Cats

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:49

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Smoking Cats

GP20C 3516 pulls down a string of empties at the Granite Falls Energy plant.

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A Spotting We Will Go.

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:49

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A Spotting We Will Go.

Lots of spotting and pulling was going on at the Granite Fall Energy plant.

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Shhhhh...

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:49

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Shhhhh...

Dan Mackey records video as the RRVW local jobs spots and pulls cars at the Granite City Energy plant.

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BN Again?

Kent Rengo - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:49

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BN Again?

Seeing NLR GP15-1 421 head on one would think this former Frisco unit was just freshly paint and relettered BN.

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