By Todd Madson, Copyright 2004, all rights reserved.
On New Year's Eve 2004 my friend Todd Murray and I decided to sojourn south to Northfield to see if we could see both of the PGR's big power, the SD-38-2 #42 and the ex-MNS 40 ex- Soo 6240 now PGR SD-39 #40.
We headed south on 35W and exited and headed straight past the Malt-o-Meal plant where overwhelming odors of chocolatey Malt-o-meal assaulted the senses. Right past the crossing there is a Kwik Trip store and a small cul-de-sac.
We parked and walked to the park on the south side of the tracks and found as suitable spot to take shots of 40 and 42, idling against the cold (here's a short quicktime video clip for you out of state/out of country enthusiasts).
Anyway, we later took a trip up the spine line and saw PGR SW1500 38 idling in the cold near a Kwik Trip (again!) in Rosemount so I took a shot or two of that engine there as well as the main and other lines.
Many of the shots take advantage of the 10X zoom in my Konica Minolta Dimage Z2. I'd say a lot of these shots would be impossible without the heavy zoom capability.
Click a thumbnail for a full size shot and explanation of what you're seeing.