Amtrak's Empire Builder is parked at the depot at Minot waiting for a rested outbound crew to take the train west. An eastbound BNSF empty grain train rolls into Minot Yard for a crew change.
Golden Hour Over Gassman Coulee
Aglow in Golden Hour light and changing colors, a stack train crosses Gassman Coulee Trestle. Photo from private property, with permission.
While we waiting for the outbound Amtrak crew to get rested at Minot, I took the opportunity to get some BNSF action by the Minot Depot. Inbound eastbounds came in covered in heavy frost. This was... (more)
I can't imagine what the countryside looked like west of here if the engines looked like this!!!! Due to crew's rest we waited for over 3 hours for an outbound Amtrak crew to continue our trip wes... (more)
CP's 2017 Holiday Train entertains hundreds in Minot, ND at the historic Soo Line depot. Photo taken from public property.
An eleven minute exposure finds eastbound doublestacks making track speed downgrade into Minot over 1792' long Gassman Coulee Trestle, among the longest on the former GN. Photo taken from private... (more)
Amtrak #8, The Empire Builder, stops at the Minot, ND Amtrak depot in May of 1990. A similar view can still be had nearly 27 years later.
After receiving a fresh crew, a westbound string of autoracks accelerates out of Minot and soars over the Gassman Coulee trestle.
It's a perfect autumn sunset as an eastbound local rolls across the Gassman Coulee trestle in the last light of the day.
The sun is rapidly setting on the Gassman Coulee trestle as a quartet of GEs hustles a stack train eastward into Minot.
After the CP-BNSF transfer clears out of the way, a loaded BNSF frac sand train accelerates westward past the Minot Amtrak station.
A nearly matching pair of east-coasters sticks its nose out under a Minot pedestrian bridge as it sorts out a string of autoracks.
Having just exited the BNSF line at the diamond, a former Soo Line SD60 is on the point of the CP-BNSF transfer as it reverses eastward around the S-curve near the Amtrak station in Minot.
A westbound vehicle train crawls under the western pedestrian overpass in Minot behind a trio of eastern visitors.
A long eastbound merchandise train slowly makes its way around the S-curve in Minot with a single GE on each end of the train.