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Top 10 2018

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Here is a summary of some of the top stories on TwinPortsRail in 2018.

10. The Superior Soo Line depot was sold to the owners of the Thirsty Pagan brewery and it will be remodeled. The neon sign (still inoperative) is on loan from the LSRM to the new owners.

9. Due to a change in Amtrak policy (no special charters), June’s planned trip of Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth was cancelled.<--break->

8. LSRM’s D&NE 28 was unable to operate in 2018 due to complications during running gear restoration. It is hoped to be available for the 2019 season.

7. LSRM lost Soo 2719 when the city of Eau Claire voted to “buy” it back form the museum. The Pacific was still in Duluth as of 1/1/19.

6. Local railroads and NSSR teamed up to run an Operation Lifesaver train in Superior on September 24.

5. LSRM completed a detailed cosmetic restoration of NP steam locomotive 2435. It will be dedicated in 2019.  

4. A major washout on BNSF near Holyoke in June resulted in detour trains over the Brainerd Sub, including at least one UP train – a rare sight.

3. CN operated a Santa Train to Proctor on December 19, a first for this type of railroad-sponsored holiday celebration train in the Twin Ports in recent times (DW&P used to operate Christmas trains in the 1980s).

2. A major fire at the Husky oil refinery on April 26 forced local railroads to temporally curtail operations in Superior and resulted in the loss of a major shipper. The refinery is still closed with plans to reopen it in 2020.

1. CN completed the first phase of its double track project south of Superior on June 15. The addition of a second track saw the removal of two concrete piers that at one time held a DSS&A bridge spanning the Omaha. The piers were known as “stonehenge” to local fans.      

Dave Schauer

Duluth, MN