Southern MN Trainspotting

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Rusted, Feb 5, 2003.

  1. Rusted

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    Dakota Minnesota and Eastern near Janesville. Ex CP SD-40s.

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  2. Rusted

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    Another DME, waiting for crew change between Owatonna and Waseca.

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  3. Rusted

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    This sits at the small service facility in downtown Mankato.

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    Southbound UP Freight after a meet between Mankato and Kasota.

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    Just happened to be driving by as the sun was setting over this Unimin plant between Mankato and St. Peter. I sent a proof to the Unimin headquarters to see if they were interested in it, no reply.

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    Rusted,

    Great shots. Do you have any shots from Worthington? I remember the F's working through there as a little kid.

    Greg Elems
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    Rusted, if only my wife understood my modeling and railfanning hobby!

    Peggy is from Ely, MN, her father worked in the Taconite mines and she went to Gustavus in St. Peter.

    Can you say DM&IR?

    Peggy does not know what she is missing and your photography proves my point. Her loss and I gave up long ago!!!
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    Greg: Worthington, no. Work with a guy originally from Worthington (Haffield).

    I've attached a few more rail fanning photos, one in particular should spark your interest.

    Babydot - I'm very lucky, my wife tolerates and even takes the kids out on her own when I'm working.

    My wife and I lived in Duluth for 3 years. I was not into model railroading at all. I always looked at the ore docks and hoped I'd get an ambulance call to one some day. Didn't railfan then - probably wouldn't have moved away.

    Did railfan this summer, watched a midwest energy unit coal train be pulled around the loop by a couple of radio controlled units. Slow action, but neat.

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    While driving in northern Wisconsin, my son yelled from the back of the van "Dad, there's a steam engine in the woods!" At first my wife and I thought what a great imagination. But on further questioning he had certainly seen something. After about 5 miles, my wife finally gave in and we turned around, back tracked and waited near a crossing:

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    Rusted,

    Do you have any pix of rail action in the Cloquet, Virginia, Hibbing Ely areas of MN showing the ore trains?

    My MIL is here visiting for an extended period of time and I am sure that she and Peggy would enjoy a trip down memory lane.
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    I don't. I was there twice in the past couple of months - no action there at the time. I do go monthly to Duluth though and will be getting some.

    When in Ashlund over Thanksgiving this last year I snapped these two of the abandoned ore dock there, one from the north side and one right down the middle.

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    and so on

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    Hi Rusted,
    Those are great shots. can we have our CP sd-40s back please:D

    It`s great to get out rail hunting. never forget the camera because you always see the best shots when you`ve left the darn thing at home.;) ;)
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    Interurban: I would love to give you a bunch of them back. I hunt for the blue and yellow DM&Es - too often a six engine consist is all ex-CP!

    Snowing here tonight - I hope to get out early and catch something on film moving fast on the tracks.