Tuesday, October 24, 2006

North Shore Scenic SLHTS trip, 9/9/06

On September 9, after the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society convention in Duluth, the museum there assembled a passenger train for us, for an excursion to Two Harbors and back.

At the depot, before boarding the train for the Board of Directors meeting in the business car "Northland," I took a couple pictures of the motive power for the trip, as the sun peeked past the elevated ramps of I-35.

A courtesy to us for having had the convention at the museum, the ride in the Northland a treat. Here was the view as I entered the car.

After an abbreviated Board meeting where the proverbial white smoke came out of the chimney, we detrained at Two Harbors. Knowing the Arthur Andersen was likely at the dock there, I (with a couple other guys) briskly walked over to the breakwater to get some pictures. On the way, I took a couple shots of our train.

The day prior, my brother and I had found fellow USS Great Lakes Fleet member Burns Harbor at the conveyor dock.

As good as the light was on Saturday, it was better on Sunday. As good of pictures as I've taken of the Andersen resulted.

On the walk back to the train (and lunch), a look at the train by the station.

After being invited into SOO caboose #1 for a conversation, I took advantage of the perspective, as they'd run the power around while I was walking back.

From the cupola:

A look at the train as assembled for the trip back to Duluth.

After a fine meal (catered by Blackwoods restaurant of Proctor), the train was re-loaded, and we backed out the wye across MN STH 61 to head back.

Of course, I had to take a picture of the "Frank A. King" bridge, site of a famous photograph by the Missabe photographer of a Yellowstone-class engine passing overhead.

Crossing what I believe was the Knife River.

Tangent track. The carbon was burnt out of the cylinders of the SOO 2500 on this stretch, as, with the brakes dragging to create some load, we achieved terminal velocity (about 38 mph according to my GPS receiver).

As we entered downtown Duluth through the tunnels created when I-35 was bypassed through, I had to take a picture of the high-contrast-lettered stack of the home of some very good craft beers.

After arrival at the depot, we backed into the station, past the pair of engines the SLHTS owns.

A very pleasant surprise to almost all of us, Dan Mackey of the museum volunteer staff had put in long hours in dressing up the cab side of the former DSS&A 101 which we'd rescued from a grain elevator in Illinois.

A final look before heading home, the train ride had been a great finish to the weekend.

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