Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Epic Adventure Pt. 5

Originally I was thinking I'd make one post to cover this whole trip and here I am, post #5 and I'm till only on day two of the adventure! Another fun thing about Crooskton is the rolling stock. I'm a patched car addict and this town fed the addiction.
The Minnesota Northern uses many ex-BN/BNSF hoppers. MNN 424039 was a nice example.
The MNN also has a ballast loadout on the northern end of the line that uses ex-Clinchfield hoppers. They survive, patched out like BGSX 122539.
After getting a good taste of Crookston, we headed to East Grand Forks, MN. BNSF GP39E #2912 switching out the yard for American Crystal Sugar.
Crossing into Grand Fords, ND we found BNSF GP39M #2802 handling duties under radio control.
Once we got to the yard the rain decided to fall. One of the BNSF "snowdozers" BN 972501 was getting a little wash, waiting for the snow that will be back before we know it.
At the yard, BNSF C44-9W #5103 was on the point of a grain train. It is nice to see the Dash 9's getting the Swoosh!
There was plenty of action in the yard. BNSF GP39-2 #2840 was flat switching. It was cool to see so many GP39 variants in one town.
This day of the trip was to be our longest, in both hours and miles. We never sat anywhere for to long before we moved along to the next spot. Stay tuned for more!

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