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Maroon 211 in Two Harbors

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As I noted previously, my chosen mission this past holiday weekend was to capture 211 and the new ore cars in Two Harbors. I went up Sunday morning with son Gus and heard the 07:00 TH Switch with 211. They were moving empty ore cars to the departure yard at Pork City Hill. I strapped on the BD400 and walked out on the breakwall.

The heat and humidity dulled the shots, but overall they were acceptable. No new cars, as the loaded string was still in the receiving yard.

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With the warm temps there were the usual distractions to photography both on the breakwall and on passing fishing boats...

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Back up Monday morning, this time with the whole family as my wife had arranged to spend a good part of the day with the kids at her friend's house just north of Two Harbors. 211 was again on the 07:00 and they were dumping the cut of new cars, but it seemed to take longer than usual and unfortunately they didn't shove the first cut of dumped cars out to the departure yard, instead they positioned them by the reclaim piles. I went to Mud Cut and waited for them to bring the last cut offthe dumping track, but with high/harsh sun and a poor angle the image was unsatisfactory.

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They took this cut and coupled up to their previously dumped cars and shoved out to Pork City Hill. This allowed me enough time to get out to the breakwall and the sun was better here, but not really favoring the harbor side as it was earlier. This was the shot I wanted to get, a Missabe engine coupled to the new ore cars, but will try again this fall with better light (I'm hoping 211 stays assigned to Two Harbors).

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Not having to pick up the family until 15:00, I went back and waited at Mud Cut for the 211 to pull another string of cars through the dumper, this time with traditional high sides. What a difference two hours makes in the fall! The sun had swung around for nose light and the color was much better, despite the humidity haze.

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As a side note, the colorful maple trees along the "Maple Belt" are certainly starting to change, at least two weeks earlier than usual.

Dave Schauer