The westbound TC&W Ruebel Turn traverses the flat, featureless farmland between Bird Island and Olivia, MN on the former Milwaukee Road mainline.
The Ruebel Turn is on its way back east after a trip to Sacred Heart to drop off some coal empties and pick up the West End train. Four locomotives and three covered hoppers catch the setting sun... (more)
The Ruebel Turn has brought a cut of empty coal hoppers from the sugar beet plant at Ruebel and is shoving them onto the siding at Sacred Heart. Once the entire train has been emptied and reassem... (more)
The setting sun cuts through plenty of ice crystals in the air thanks to a fierce northwest wind and subzero windchill values. After dropping a cut of coal empties on the siding at Sacred Heart, ... (more)
Bathed in perfect winter light, the Ruebel Turn has a cut of empty coal hoppers from the sugar beet plant at Ruebel in tow as they head west from Renville toward Sacred Heart.
The Ruebel Turn works the former Lakeland Bean Co. (now owned by ADM) in Olivia on a sunny but cold February day. Their power for the day was a nice looking matched set of Red River Valley & West... (more)
RRVW's turn to Davenport heads for home at Breckendridge, MN, seen here in the fields outside of Galchutt, ND.
The Ruebel Turn is working on one of the coldest days of 2016 so far, spotting a cut of cars at the sugar beet plant near Renville. The head end power is in sunshine as they pass the power for th... (more)
Thanks to the first "polar vortex" of 2016, fierce winds and a dusting of fresh snow the night before created a few drifts for the westbound Ruebel Turn to negotiate, such as this one be... (more)
Having seen the RRVW 406 either trailing or only in the lead when it was stationary, it was fun to see it in use as the lead locomotive as the crew used it to work the west end of the sugar beet p... (more)
A GP20C, a GP30C, and a GP15C haul the Ruebel Turn the last few miles toward the sugar beet plant near Renville on an unseasonably warm December afternoon.
A former Illinois Central rebuilt GP10, a former Kennecott Copper rebuilt GP39-2, and a former Soo Line CAT powered GP15C sit idle near Renville.
RRVW's Hankinson Turn heads west across CP trackage rights to the yard at its namesake destination. It paused here at the siding at Oswald to let an empty Bakken oil train run around it.
On a beautiful November afternoon, the westbound Ruebel Turn passes the large elevator at Stewart, another small town along the former Milwaukee Road mainline west of Minneapolis.
The sun has set moments ago, but railroading continues as the TC&W's Ruebel Turn pauses to make its crew change at the sugar beet processing facility near Renville. The new crew will finish the w... (more)