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NRHS Lake Superior Limited 8/11/2009 Part 2

by Chris Guenzler

After the little Rare Mileage over the old Northern Pacific Freight Route from St Paul to just before the BNSF Northtown Yards, our special train to Duluth had returned to the normal route that I had been across several times aboard the Milwaukee Road 261.

Our train passed the Canadian Pacific Shoreham Yard where all of my Canadian Pacific 2816 steam trips departed from in the past.

At Coon Creek our train turned off of the Empire Builder Route and headed north for Duluth.

The train escaped the Twin Cities influence heading out into the Minnesota Countryside.

Diesel engines at the Independent Locomotive services in Bethel.

What do you do with a road construction sign is in the middle of the tracks? It was a test for our crew which they passed with flying colors.

Our train continued north.

Coming into Hinckley.

The old Northern Pacific line at Hinckley.

Outdoor Ice Rink for playing ice hockey at Hinckley.

Taking another curve on the way to Sandstone.


Our train takes another curve.

The 764 foot Kettle River Bridge just north of Sandstone.

First a yellow signal and then this red signal. Another test?

Next we ran to this dark signal. Luckily the next signal was green.

I've seen plenty of scenery like this since I have been in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The train crossed the Black River on this 1600 foot trestle.

Our train crossed the 1440 foot trestle across the Nemadji River.

Rolling towards Superior.

Our train took that tight curve in Superior that the Milwaukee Road 261 must always be walked around.

The train heads for the Grassy Point Drawbridge.

The train nears the Grassy Point Draw Bridge.

St. Louis Bay.

Crossing the Grassy Point Draw Bridge.

Joe Harper and Richard at a unique photo location.

The Grassy Point Draw Bridge.

Iron Ore Dock of the now Canadian National Railroad.

An ore boat loading as we came in to Duluth. Our train ran slowly straight into Duluth Union Station ending our trip to the Twin Port City of Duluth. I got off the train to a brass band celebrating the first Amtrak passenger train here since the end of the short lived Arrowhead Service back in the 1980's. I walked to the Best Western and checked in. Later Richard delivered my luggage and we headed to the Radisson to board the buses for the Vista Cruise Line Dinner Cruise.