RailPictures.Net Photo: RCPE 3431 Rapid City, Pierre, & Eastern EMD SD40-2 at North of Belle Fourche, South Dakota by Craig Williams
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» October 05, 2019
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On Saturday the RCP&E cabbed a crew from Rapid City to Colony to finish up the night job's work and head south with 68 loads for Rapids. This is the far end of the old DM&E/CNW. This is the Black Hills Sub that runs 74 miles north of Rapid City to 3 bentonite customers at the end of the line in Colony, WY. Bentonite has been called “Miracle Mud” and the “Clay of a Thousand Uses." Wyoming’s bentonite has unique characteristics that it can swell up to 16 times its original size and absorbs up to 10 times its own weight in water due to the sodium instead of calcium found in it. The crew pokes along at 10 mph as they cross back into South Dakota here along highway 212. Colony is only a few miles back.
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