On New Year's Day 2011, weather forced Amtrak to turn the westbound Empire Builder (#7) around near Fargo. To get the train back to Chicago, it was coupled onto the rear of #8. Here the combined train, consisting of 3 Genesis locomotives, a baggage car, 20 Superliners, another baggage car, and 3 more locomotives, approaches the depot in Staples for its first of four stops at that location.
Photos of Amtrak's northern U.S. long distance train the Empire Builder from Seattle/Portland to Chicago. Westbound Train #7 (27-Portland section, 807-Chicago to St. Paul) & Eastbound Train #8 (28-Seattle section, 808-St. Paul to Chicago)