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Out of Track

Out of Track

I found this tragedy on a maintenance spur off the BNSF A line track near I-394 & Hwy 100. It seems that a miscalculation was made as to how long the spur really was at some point. Every time I bike past this I wonder what that day was like for the unfortunate souls involved. It’s been sitting in the mud for at least a month & cannot be an easy thing to put right. Exactly how big of a crane do you need to lift a 89,000 pound railcar and move it 50 feet back to the track?

Railroad Graffiti with Fall Foliage

Railroad Graffiti with Fall Foliage

The layers of Graffiti on this car fit in well with the fall foliage in the background. A little more rail yard fun in East Saint Paul.

NFO Grain Car

NFO Grain Car

I love strange nonstandard rolling stock, well, not really love it, but it’s pretty cool, up there with mismatched locomotive consists. Probably better than mismatched consists. Anyhow, no idea where this old girl is headed, but I’m sure she’s seen a lot of the midwest.

Heading into Pig's Eye Yard

Heading into Pig’s Eye Yard

Rainy overcast days are no fun in the city, but a grungy rail yard they are magical. I love the reflections and mismatched engines. Did you notice the signal workmen? They didn’t seem to care that I was there either. Stay tuned this week for more heavy equipment and disturbed vegetation.

C&NW Graffiti

C&NW Graffiti

Epic Graffiti

Epic Graffiti

I just love all the free art that rolls through my hood. One benefit of the ‘Rails to Trails’ program that nobody considers is that instead of having murals that never change, bike trails next to freight tracks offer free traveling art shows!

A Turn in the Road Ahead

A Turn in the Road Ahead

The Mitchster rebuild achieved a big step yesterday, I’ve completed converting all the old posts for the new design, so it’s full steam ahead now. Hope to launch it soon, stay tuned as 100 days of new photos continues!

Bucyrus Snow Plow

Bucyrus Snow Plow

Rusty beast, sleeping in plain sight in the middle of Saint Paul.

Bucyrus

Bucyrus

Mmmm, rust.

Basset Creek Mill approach over Basset Creek

Basset Creek Mill approach over Basset Creek

That’s Basset Creek Mill in the distance. Whenever I see an abandoned factory or industrial installation from a distance, I think of Dagny and Rearden searching for the 20th Century Motor Works.