The sand train power heads back to Midway with 5 engines after delivering the train to the BNSF.
MNNR's sand train heads for the BNSF with 3 six axles up front and two B40-8's on the rear shoving.
After shoving out of midway, MNNR's 3 big six axles start to pull through Saint Anthony.
After waiting for BNSF traffic to clear for over two hours the sand train finally gets word that they will be next and okay to double up their train. Here the sand train pulls put of Midway yard a... (more)
The MNNR's Sand train rolls through Westminster bound for the BNSF.
The MNNR sand train is now harder to catch due to its random schedule. Here we see two freshly repainted ex LMS units (shovers) leading the consist back to the MNNR after lengthy delays.
After shipping too much sand for a plant that hasn't been built yet, the once weekly sand trains have become much harder to catch.
Plenty of heat distortion is evident as the weekly Minnesota Commercial sand train takes 150 gondolas under Lexington Parkway along the BNSF Midway Subdivision.
Three of Minnesota Commerical's finest lead the weekly unit sand train originating from the MNNR A Yard. The train passes through Westminster on the BNSF Midway Subdivision with MNNR 48 and 42 ho... (more)
Three of Minnesota Commerical's finest lead the weekly unit sand train onto the Midway subdivision (versus the St. Paul sub. via Union cutoff) from the MNNR A Yard through St. Anthony Junction. M... (more)
MNNR 50 leads the sand train down the hill on the St. Paul Sub. Track speed is good for 45 mph, but they take it easy as they don't have dynamic brakes.
Job 11 heads through the "cut off" which connects the BNSF Midway Sub with the BNSF St. Paul Sub.
The sand pulls across University Avenue to double up their train. Construction continues here for the Central Corridor light rail line.
MNNR 50, a SF30C leads 3 more GE's and 1 ex-ALCO product on 15,391 tons of sand, coming down the hill and through the tunnel at Westminister.
Light power of 4 ancient GE's and 1 rebuilt ALCO returns West after delivering the sand train to Pigseye Yard.