The Twin Cities - 2nd Section!
Here are the photos from my 2nd trip to the Twin Cities area, in July of 1970. The BN merger had just occurred a couple of months earlier, so it was a good time to get a lot of different consists before the engines were all painted green and black.
|The next two days were going to be quite productive what with lots of sunshine and engines in good position. Here is an ex NP yard engine. July 25, 1970.|
|This freshly painted yard engine is soaking up some sun early in the morning of July 25, 1970.|
|One of the rare NW5's the Great Northern had is already patched with its new BN number.|
|Another yard engine, this in the short lived "Big Sky Blue" paint.|
|This NP F unit is still wearing its Northern Pacific number.|
|But this ex GN unit has already been patched into its BN number.|
|This is a rather interesting piece of MofW equipment...I don't know anything about it...when built, by who, etc.|
|And this is the steam heat car that was with the above plow. For a photo of a similar car at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, click here.|
|Here is a passenger train just leaving town with NP and GN cars behind it.|
|The Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern had some interesting power.|
|This was a rare Baldwin CenterCab yard engine, with a diesel generator set in each end.|
|More Northern Pacific F units in the freight colors.|
|This was not a good day for someone....here's what's left of a CB&Q wooden caboose.|
|A set of F units ready for the next train.|
|Still wearing its CB&Q colors and numbers is this unit.|
|This old Milw Baldwin was working the streets and industries on a pleasant summer afternoon.|
|More interesting power at the shops.|
|An ex GN GP20 - one of the few built with high hoods.|
|This GP30 is still in its Great Northern paint and number, but someone has liberated the "Rocky" emblem from under the cab window.|
|The next morning (the 26th) we found this Baldwin warming up in the morning sun.|
|Here's a SD24 on what used to be a roundhouse.|
|A rare U25C already patched into its BN number.|
|Here's a freshly painted U25B just out of the paint shop.|
|This was one of several experimental color schemes the BN was trying out before the merger.|
|This Big Sky Blue ex GN F unit is waiting for its next trip.|
|This Northern Pacific RS11 is still unpatched, but rather dirty.|
|While not in the Twin Cities area, this is close enough...! Here is a Great Northern SD7 with a Northern Pacific wooden caboose in the Duluth/Superior area taken in September of 1970.|
I hope you have enjoyed these photos of the Twin Cities area from nearly 35 years ago. It would be 1994 before I would get back to this area, and someday I'll have slides from that trip posted.....
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