An eastbound manifest slowly makes it's way out of the Red River Valley on Main 2 about to pass some MoW work on Main 1 making some final fixes from a derailment that took out both mains a few day... (more)
After a long gloomy day, the sun finally came out to shed light on another BNSF stack train just east of Hawley, Minnesota. The third unit is a cabless GP60
The Greenface leads loaded coal up the grade leaving the trench and the wooden bridges east of Hawley behind. No hitch hikers in today's coal train!
Empty coal runs the trench westbound heading into Hawley behind a nice dual-window SD60M. Most of the hoppers were of the new-logo BNSF type...
A hot Z-train leaves the trench westbound and slices into Hawley as MERC coal loads head east.
Ex-demo unit EMD 3 in a nice consist leads coal empties en route to the mines.
EMD's latest power is on the point of coal empties rushing west near Hawley.
A lower priority stack train rounds the curve east of Hawley and adds some much-needed color to this otherwise barren, snowy landscape.
After four other westbounds passed through, it was finally time for the coal empties to make an appearance. Here BNSF 9966 leads new coal power and a string of DEEX hoppers late in the day.
Stacks and trailers slice into Hawley westbound behind an ex-ATSF Dash 9. Had the eastbound triggering the green on Main 2 been a second or two quicker (or had I been better at going wider), this... (more)
A small-fonted BNSF 4872 leads this westbound manifest through Hawley on a very busy Saturday afternoon.
The first, and hottest, of a six train parade of westbounds sees BNSF 5302 hitting the trench near Hawley. Check out the snow drifts on the left side of the trench...hard to believe it's actually... (more)
Late at the end of a busy day, BNSF 7863 leads this manifest east through the trench just east of Hawley.
On a day in which I caught a trio of Cascade Green Geeps, I was also able to catch a trio of Cascade Green SD40-2s, seen here running west with a long manifest.
Empty coal rushing west under an old country bridge behind a trio of SD60s. These units really stand out against the mid-December brown of western Minnesota.