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Flashback - 17th St. Yard

I tried to catch a train here this week with no luck to show how much it has changed. In the background is the old Texaco tank farm just East of Midwest Energy in Superior’s North End, long removed with only a small building and a little bit of piping left on site. The ex-NP GP9 appears to have survived on the New York & Greenwood Lake railroad out east, but from what I could find they may no longer be in business….hmmm, that would be a nice addition to the LSRM collection J

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Empty Geneva at Saunders - March 1984

 

On the same day I caught the loads, a pair of UP SD40-2s roll an empty Geneva all-rail down the connecting track at Saunders. BN's tower is in the distance, complete with Cascade Green logo. Note the "big" UP style ore cars mixed in with steel coal hoppers.

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Modern Reminders of the BN

Not your traditional Flashback but still a bit of historical flair. It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the 20thanniversary of the formation of Burlington Northern Santa Fe corporation (the company was formed in September 1995 but the two railroads weren’t officially merged until 1996). It seems like only yesterday that the two roads agreed to combine.

With the Twin Ports being a major player during the Burlington Northern years the memory of that fallen flag will live on for quite some time (as I’m sure the Santa Fe will in its former territory and beyond). Assisting in the remembrance is the large number of BN (and ATSF) freight cars still roaming the rails and also quite a few locomotives wearing Cascade Green. In Duluth there are a number of neat BN coal hoppers currently stored at Rices Point and I played with some different angles to capture the BN logos.

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Flashback - Holyoke Freight 1985

Previously I shared a flashback of the bridge at Holyoke, MN with an ore train. Here is a freight version taken in 1985. The SD9/SD45 combo is neat.

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GEs on NSM Last Month

 Here is a shot of them from this past Sunday as they have just left the mine yard and are about to pass under the former Erie Mining Co. Dunka overpass.  Very quiet out there.

No DPU on the train and the two units up front. 

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Flashback - NSM GEs

While NSM begins a four month test of GEs this week it is fun to look back to the late 1990s when NSM was shopping for newer power and borrowed a trio of GEs from LTCSMC. In this case they didn’t test the newest GEs on the market but rather a trio of rebuilt ex-ATSF U30Cs that sister railroad LTVSMC was leasing for road trains. They didn’t last long on NSM (a couple of weeks) but I was able to catch them a few different times. Here the trio rolls through Toimi with 150 loads headed for SB.

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Flashback - Fall Missabe Moves over NSSR

Two track related events in September and October 1999 forced the Missabe to exercise its trackage rights over the NSSR and operate a handful of commercial (freight) moves along the Lakefront Line. The first was when bridge work on the “ramp” at Missabe Junction called for the Missabe to run a pair of units from Two Harbors to the Junction and Rice’s Point to pick up Soo/BNSF interchange. Here two light units roll past the Rose Garden with the vines changing color. You can just pick out a hint of the roses at the top of the shot.  They would pick up seven cars to bring back to Two Harbors.

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Flashback - EMCO Before the End

Todd’s fine shot of cold and drained 7222 had me reminiscing of the handful of trips I made into the plant before the end of operations (thanks Doug). This shot shows a mine haul train with two RS-11s heading for the crusher while a Baldwin pulls Missabe interchange traffic. I liked all the “tools” and scribbles on the front of the Baldwin, and check out that marker light! What’s the deal with a single ditch light?

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NSM Empties

Was out last Sunday and figured the place to look for any early fall color would be north of Two Harbors.  CN was running a Minntac train off the Range with DMIR 400 leading so I headed up near Highland.  Didn't find much or any fall color and found the only clouds pretty much in the whole state of Minnesota.
 
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Car Missabe Dedication

This past Saturday night the LSRM dedicated former DM&N business car Missabe in front of a nice crowd at the museum. The car was moved in for its official public debut with Tom Gannon and his wife Ilene riding on the rear platform. Tom was the driving force behind the car’s restoration and oversaw every detail. The car is stunning and will make a great addition to the collection. Eventually the museum plans to have the Car Northland and Car Missabe next to each other so you can look in the end platforms of these two DM&N gems.

Here are a couple of daylight shots as Kent and Tim moved the car out of the shop. Tom mentioned the general name for the paint is Pullman Green but in his research and paint chip evidence he found the color was actually lighter so it is painted in a true shade of that green (it looks more like a deep olive). The car was hard to shoot because of the glint from the paint and its rich dark color. The lettering is actual gold leaf that Tom applied by hand in a painstaking process.

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