Mention "Fargo", and most folks will conjure up two images:
The movie Fargo (which is gloriously inaccurate; for starters, those are Minnesota accents, not North Dakota).
Cold (which is very accurate, as early February temperatures dip into the -50F range for a few weeks).
However, Fargo is a railfan's paradise,
particularly during the summer months. For starters, about 70
trains transit the Fargo OCS daily. Fargo is a nice, friendly,
safe town, and the residents work very hard at keeping it that
way. It's also a pretty cheap place to spend a week, if you're
from out of town. Finally, while it's true that North Dakota is
flat, and that the telegraph pole just might be the State Tree,
the flatness extends the sunrise-sunset window, allowing for some
spectacular early morning and late evening photography.
|Fargo is a particularly difficult town to photograph.
Flat, straight, and telephone poles everywhere.
What Fargo is blessed with is one heck of a sunrise.
August 11th, 1998
|Coal is very much the business of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Another unit train heads East from the Powder River Basin.|
|The morning Fargo Yard switch job arrives from Dilworth.|
|BN 234 is one of a handful of EMD SW-1200 switch engines remaining in active service. Now over 30 years old, it lives on borrowed time.|
|Fargo is a crew change point, where trains stop momentarily to trade the tired for the refreshed. Or maybe just for the Big Mac.|
|BNSF recently sponsored an Employee Appreciation Special, consisting of most of the business car fleet, a brand new EMD SD-70MAC, and the star performer, the Milwaukee Road 261.|
|The Milwaukee Road triumphantly returns to Fargo, and for a moment, an ancient wrong is righted.|
|Well, they don't call it the Theatre Car for nothing.|
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