|Cleaning the Switch Points|
Next I went to the North Dakota Mill, a massive facility. Fortunately I spotted a BNSF locomotive working there. BNSF 2256 was switching on the north end of the facility. I believe this was being operated via remote control by the gentleman pictured above, cleaning out switch points. The wind was blowing pretty hard and there was a lot of blowing snow.
|BNSF 2256 at North Dakota Mills|
I took a little video of the locomotive running light over a crossing.
I saw BNSF 2256 in Grand Forks back in 2011. After that, I headed south down Washington to BNSF's yard.
BNSF 3004 was working in the yard in the background. BNSF 1546 and BNSF 2834 were parked near the main building. The main excitement for me, though, was a trio of foreign power.
Those were fun to see in a BNSF yard.
There was one locomotive over by the turntable, BNSF 4606, surrounded by some maintenance-of-way equipment.
I was almost out of time, so I headed west on Gateway Drive to get back to the interstate. I noticed a train was heading out of the yard so I resolved to grab it before heading back to the hotel. I got ahead of it, and after a bit of driving to find a safe place to park, I ran back to the tracks. Fortunately the train was heading directly west, rather than going south toward Fargo!
|A bit of blowing snow...|
|BNSF 3134 in the snow|
|Grain cars in the snow|
|CN 2640 parked south of Morris, MB|
That was the end of our Grand Forks adventure. Thanks for reading!
- Part 1 of this trip report
- Grand Forks, February 2014
- Grand Forks, March 2011 (and part 2)
- Grand Forks, February 2010