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Canadian Pacific 2816 Shoreham to Thief River Falls Part 2 9/16/2007

by Chris Guenzler

As we pulled west through the Glenwood Yard it was only a few minutes before a goal of riding the CP Rail line from Glenwood to Winnipeg would become a reality. I rode the open door baggage car and waited for the Canadian Pacific 2816 to start me on a trip over brand new trackage.

The Canadian Pacific 2816 starts pulling me up the track that leads to Thief River Falls and Winnipeg.

The Canadian Pacific 2816 left the route that I had traveled to Portal back in 2004.

The Canadian Pacific 2816 takes the new curve now heading north.

We ran through typical Minnesota farming country.

Our train ean by a lake in the National Waterfowl Production Area.

Our train passed under the furthest north east-west Interstate Highway 94 in Minnesota.

We ran by farm buildings in Minnesota.

The Canadian Pacific 2816 passed through Alexandria.

The train ran by Lake Geneva.

The train ran by Rant Lake.

The train ran by a hay rolling machine.

We ran by Cora Lake.

Our train went by Portage Lake.

Buchanan Lake was run by next.

We then went by Ottertail Lake.

I saw the first good Fall colors trees.

The train ran beneath the Ottertail grain elevator.

The train ran by Mud Lake. We took the siding at Fegus.

We met CP Rail 6015 East at Fegus. Once he cleared we continued on our way north.

Water, water, every where!

We ran by Round Lake.

Our train next ran by Marian Lake.

We ran by some beautiful trees before we came to Detroit Lakes.

The train came into Detroit Lake.

We took the siding again at Detroit Lakes for another freight train where we met the CP Rail 5942 East.

I saw the water tower for the city of Detroit Lakes. We slowly made our way to the BNSF Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

The Canadian Pacific 2816 waited for the BNSF 7704 East to clear the crossing at Detroit Lakes.

Once the BNSF 7704 East cleared we crossed the BNSF with a green signal.

The train climbed out of Detroit Lakes.

The train ran through Ogema.

The Canadian Pacific 2816 made a unexpected stop at Waubun to check the fluid level on one of the engine's parts. We sat for about twenty five minutes.

A view of Waubun while we sat.

Once on the move again, Me and my shadow in the late afternoon sun of the open door baggage car.

Me in the open door baggage concession car.

Sunset was a beautiful experience to watch from the Canadian Pacific 2816 Steam Train. It got dark before we crossed the BNSF's former Great Northern Grand Forks Subdivision at grade at Erskine. The Canadian Pacific 2816 ran through Brooks, Plummer and Hazel before we pulled into the former Soo Line Station at Thief River Falls at 8:32 PM. I got into the first shuttle out to the Seven Clan Casino and Hotel which was about ten miles east of Thief River Falls. I checked in and got a room on the bottom floor. I called home to check in with my mother before she leaves tomorrow on a New York to Quebec City Princess Cruise. I watched a little television before I called it a night after another great trip on the Canadian Pacific 2816 Steam Train.