Norfolk Southern 8101, the Central of Georgia heritage unit, sweeps through the big curve near Manitoba Jctn with a long string of empty crude oil tanks.
After a healthy hike on the frozen lake, I made it around the bend and found a spot that I visited when the weather was a tiny bit warmer. The parade of oil continues out of North Dakota.
Thanks to Bryant, we made the choice to hike out onto the lake and use the bridge to our advantage. As the sun starts to sag, a loaded oil train heads east over the two foot thick ice.
An eastbound priority intermodal train quickly crosses the Luverne trestle as I try to figure out how many animals have already been in my spot this winter...
From a hill above Stockholm, the Watertown local sweeps through a cut west of town. Far western Minnesota can be seen in the distance some 20 miles away.
Just a few miles north of Watertown, the local finds one more plow ridge to take care of before it ties up for the night. I really liked the corn stocks, so I decided to sit among them for this o... (more)
The matched trio of GPs were working hard as they pulled 66 cars for Watertown up the hill into Stockholm.
The bi-weekly local to Watertown from Willmar makes easy work of a snow drift outside of Bellingham. RP.net contributor Jeremiah Rindahl decided to get a closer seat to the action than I did.
This bright red leader really pops through the snow and frosty trees on the Elbow Lake sub this morning.
Running 10 hours behind schedule (it did leave Seattle 6 hours late), the Empire Builder is flying through the central Minnesota snow on a chilly Christmas Eve.
After a tip from Bryant, I also decided to venture out and find this unusual quartet of EMDs on a train of grain empties for the Browns Valley Sub.
With over a mile of colorful double stack containers in tow, this pair of GEs is easily keeping track speed as they sweep out of Barrett.
An eastbound manifest is only a few minutes from Glenwood as it sneaks through the Minnesota prairie on the outskirts of Lowry.
As rp.net contributor Jeremiah Rindahl finishes up his shot along the side of the road, this healthy manifest is making good time westbound on its way to South Dakota.
Our timing was perfect as we only had to wait about 20 minutes for this eastbound to appear in Lake Benton. Such a cool spot to catch some classic power on the Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern.