After a McDonald’s breakfast in Sioux Falls, we hit the road. Once we crossed over the border into Minnesota, I kept my eyes peeled for any sign of activity on the Minnesota Southern.
There isn’t much activity on this little railroad, so I wasn’t surprised not to see a single engine.
North of Worthington, MN, we followed the UP line that goes to Mankato and Minneapolis. No train on it today, but I did see this local switcher for one of the huge grain elevators so common in southern Minnesota.
It’s an ex Conrail switcher, but it will take some time to find out the make and model.
Onward to Sleepy Eye! Here’s where the statue of Linus stands in front of the Sleepy Eye library. George was here in 2008.
Now it’s my turn in 2016.
Linus doesn’t look better for the eight years between.
This is dad’s territory when he was young pup, so we had to stop in his home town, New Ulm, Minnesota. We drove by his old house. It’s amazing that as a kid he had all these thick woods right behind his backyard.
We walked out to Indian Point, which certainly has changed since dad’s young pup days.
He told me there were no benches or groomed trails here when he was wandering here 55 years ago.
Still, the woods look darn beautiful and cool on this hot day.
Over at Herman Heights it was hot but I sure got a good view of the town below the hill.
We stopped by the beautiful New Ulm Post Office.
George stopped by here too in 2008.
It’s no longer the New Ulm Post Office; now it’s a museum. But in dad’s day, well, it was quite the place to go for stamps.
Mom thought New Ulm was pretty cool. I did too. I even got a shot of these Canadian Pacific engines hanging around the New Ulm rail yard.
That first locomotive is a new GP20C-ECO. It’s an eight cylinder engine putting out 2000 horsepower. It’s built from old CP GP-9’s. The second unit is GP38AC; it’s been kicking around now for almost 40 years.
Once out of New Ulm I snapped a shot of these Red River Valley and Western/ Twin Cities and Western locomotives near the town of Glencoe.
Two bad the grass is so high that one can’t see the wheels. This one is a GP38-2. Nicely painted, I’ll woof to you.
This one is a GP15C Biodiesel. It’s rebuilt from GP-9 parts and doesn’t burn diesel fuel.
The biggest surprise that I had was getting shot of this Bald Eagle out in a soybean field.
When dad was a pup, there weren’t any Bald Eagles to be seen; now they’re almost common.
After a darn long day, we made it to Maple Grove. Mom had a great suite at the Staybridge Suites.
I had already picked out a chair for myself, when I snapped this photo. And the kitchen is right behind me; let’s eat!