"Soo Line 559" (Rock Island 1223) is under the watchful eye of the railroad superintendent at the Dresser, WI depot.
GP7 559 hasn't been operational since 2014, so it's return was don... (more)
The crew only has a few more cars left to load at Dresser Trap Rock, before they're ready to head back towards St. Paul with their loaded Herzog ballast train.
A CP ballast train with THREE SD40-2s (5878, 5871, and 6068) in THREE paint schemes fills up with "traprock" ballast at Dresser Trap Rock Inc. It has been a busy spring with this setup, as they h... (more)
CP 3GPS pulls back down from Dresser Trap Rock after losing CP 5922 to a mechanical failure. Unable to make it back to St. Paul with only two operable SD40-2s, the crew will tie down the train on ... (more)
CP 3GPS-04 pulls down past the east leg of the wye in Dresser, in order to shove up to the quarry. Three venerable GMD built SD40-2s provide power. Unfortunately the 5922 ended up failing, and the... (more)
Another shot of the Dresser turn shoving up to the quarry. As the train was moving slow, it allowed me to catch him at the two crossings that remain on the remnants of the Soo Line's Danbury Subdi... (more)
CP HDR only has a handful of cars left to load before it is ready to head back west to the Twin Cities. The 41 car train of prized Dresser Trap Rock will eventually be interchanged with the North... (more)
CP HDR slowly reverses on the remnants of the Soo Line's Danbury Subdivision to Superior as it passes under the tipple to load the 41 car train. With no digital speedometer on the 6240, the engine... (more)
I caught wind of a Dresser turn departing Humboldt late this morning, so I figured the light would be pretty good by the time the train was loaded and headed back west. After being loaded at the q... (more)
Block Operator: Another piece of railroading lost to time is the station agent, or in this case, the block operator. Where train orders were in effect, the block operator would relay instru... (more)
Get 'Em Ready: The station agent gets the train orders ready to hoop up to the crew on extra ballast train. Train orders were used to direct the movement of any non scheduled train, where t... (more)
Hoop 'Em Up!: There are some things in railroading that have been lost to time. Hooping train orders to crews is one. With nothing to date this shot, this could have been the late 70's, a c... (more)
Quaint Settings: Breaking the silence of a peaceful afternoon, a BN ballast train blasts through a rural crossing. Headed for another load of rock. Taken while off duty, wearing full PPE.
Heading West: At lunch time, the morning train crew brings the rock train around the wye, and into the siding, preparing to head west in the afternoon. Taken while off duty, wearing full PP... (more)
Getting Orders: Before departing, the crew get their orders "hooped up" from the station agent. Looks like this SD9 is getting worked today with a heavy load of rock. Taken while ... (more)