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Date: 09/18/23 21:04
Tier-4 NS motor leads a Beltrami, MN-bound empty unit grain train
Author: jmulhol2

A 116-car eastbound empty unit grain train in a 2x1 power configuration is seen here coming off the BNSF Devils Lake Subdivision and entering the far west end of the BNSF Grand Forks, ND, train yard during the windy mid-afternoon hours of 09/18/2023. This train likely originated in the Pacific Northwest and is bound for loading at the "West Central Ag Services" grain elevator in Beltrami, MN, located along the Minnesota Northern Railroad. These unit grain trains get handed off to Minnesota Northern Railroad crews in Crookston, MN, to finish out the short southward trek to Beltrami, MN. Since the grain elevator is not located along a loop track, the train will more-than-likely run in a 1x2 power configuration after it finishes getting loaded, especially since the lone DPU is facing "the right way". It also appears that the long-anticipated "grain rush" is finally upon us with grain trains finally running to/from the Pacific Northwest. For example, late last night a 1x1 loaded unit grain train departed this very same "West Central Ag Services" grain elevator in Beltrami, MN.

Train symbol: X-???BTR

Power:
NS     #3634 (GE ET44AC; built: 05/2016)
BNSF #7176 (GE ES44C4; built: ??/2013)
x
BNSF #4228 (GE ES44C4; built: ??/2016; Tier-4 credit)




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/18/23 21:14 by jmulhol2.

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Date: 09/18/23 23:54
Re: Tier-4 NS motor leads a Beltrami, MN-bound empty unit grain t
Author: railnuts

Nice video,    X-KAHBTR9-14A



Date: 09/19/23 07:44
Re: Tier-4 NS motor leads a Beltrami, MN-bound empty unit grain t
Author: jmulhol2

railnuts Wrote:
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> Nice video,    X-KAHBTR9-14A

Thank you for checking out the video and for the train symbol :-) 



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