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FXE Magnetation Shots

As Dave posted, the last Magnetation train through here had another 4 unit set of Ferromex units this past Labor Day weekend.

Along with Dave I was able to catch the four FXE units leading the empties on the Hinckley Sub. last Saturday as part of a 4 train northbound fleet.  Here they are passing through 
Askov during a brief stretch of blue skies on that mostly cloudy morning.
Was surprised they power and mostly old coal gons ran to Magnetation the next day, as they usually are staged at Allouez for awhile, but when a train called to leave at 1430 I figured it must be a CMG train for Gunn (they are many times called at 1400 at Allouez).  Got to Saunders and FXE 4678 was leading 2 x 2.
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CP Derailment

Yesterday on my way to photograph a Canadian ship unloading grain at the former Cargill elevator along Rices Point (an unusual occurrence) I stumbled on a Canadian derailment. CP was switching its former Soo Line yard and it appeared the track gave way or a car picked a switch point. A handful of cars ended up on the ties. Not a major issue as the switch crew could still work around the mess but without large terminal resources like CN or BNSF the job of re-railing the cars cascaded to this morning. Here a couple of the re-railing crew position blocking as they try to pull the car back onto the rail.

This is a shot from yesterday shortly after the incident. The gons appeared to be filled with scrap metal, likely from Azcon (although this one looked empty from the road).

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Steam Scenes

Yesterday when I saw the smoke plume from 2719 approaching downtown I set up for a few grabs as they rolled next to I-35, a different angle for me and this locomotive. Given the beautiful lake breeze yesterday I wasn’t sure the smoke would be clear for shots when looking east but they turned out ok as the freeway buffered the train from the breeze somewhat. The first shot shows an appropriately attired crew member alighting to throw the switch into the depot prior to the reverse move.

As the train cleared into the depot a hi-rail appeared with Sven exchanging greetings with the crew. I’m assuming this was a fire patrol given our very dry conditions (opposite of the cold and wet spring we had).

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Flashback - Holyoke 1980/2013

The ore still flows down the Hinckley Sub but the trees have grown up quite a bit here. The first two shots are of an all-rail headed south in the summer of 1980 in early evening when the sun swings around to the north side at Holyoke. Wide open view 33 years ago.

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The Floating GE

The LS&M continues to operate on weekends and based on their parking lot they have seen some nice crowds. Duluth’s first tourist railroad does have a much different feel than the NSSR and provides views of Duluth you really can’t see easily. I hope this line survives but given competition from the more visible NSSR, increased BNSF insurance requirements and the city wanting to extend the Western Waterfront Trail using the LS&M grade the future is anything but certain.

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Missabe SW9 #14

This is a nice shot of the former Missabe SW9. I always liked the SW9s because they incorporated the “wing” logo when delivered new in 1953.Dave Schauer

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CP Train 483

Yesterday I had to go to Forest Lake and was hoping to catch a delayed CP train 483 (Minneapolis-Superior) while on the way. These trains typically run during the night and their operation of late has been hard to predict so it would make for a nice catch. Reports had the train out of Minneapolis at 0710 so it would have been well on its way north by the time I needed to head south.

As I worked down Highway 23 I heard the dispatcher give a rail train a decent amount of time near Bruno to retrieve rail so it didn’t look good for intercepting 483. I passed through Hinckley without hearing or seeing the CP train. However, on the way back home I stopped in Hinckley to catch the BNSF local delivering cars to the St. Croix Valley. It was nice to see them picking up a handful of loaded sand cars and delivering a number of empties.

After I got back in the car I heard the dispatcher talking to CP 5011 north.  Apparently the train had issues on the southern part of the Hinckley Sub and was just now getting moving again. With this info I headed for Sandstone and caught them rolling across the Kettle River. The sun was filtered and the gusty winds at the bottom of the river valley eliminated any decent reflection but it was nice to see four EMDs up high.

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Kirkus Now Open

Easier to get to with the road open but still difficult to shoot at besides an afternoon southbound. Last month I went up there to see what the 1700 light would look like for a Proctor bound train.

But first a stop near I-35 to get the limestone train in sun with hazy Superior in the background.

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Bessemer Trio Again

Another orange 3-pack of BLEs is together (at least for now).  Was raining in Proctor and Munger when they left, but found some light further north today.
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A Trow Meet in 1989

While looking for a shot of a Thunderbird caboose yesterday I came across this black and white 8 x 10 I took in 1989 of a rare (for then) passenger train on LTVSMC meeting an empty train at the remote passing siding of Trow. I had driven to Salem (Wales spelled backwards and flip the a and e) and hiked into the siding about a mile. The shot off the Wales overpass would have been nice but I wanted a “meet” shot so I took a hike. I was shooting black and white for use in the LSTC’s newsletter supplement Laker Extra.  I always liked this shot given all the fans hanging out of LS&M 29 (former DM&IR solarium coach).  


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