Friday, July 06, 2007

Eight Engines!

On the way to the Taste of Minnesota festival on Independence Day, DH and I walked along the Mississippi to watch the river traffic. We noticed 4 train engines pulling some loaded cars of coal. Because there were 4 engines, we knew that the train had to be long, and long it was. We counted 150 cars loaded with coal, with 4 more engines pushing in the rear, for a total of 8 mighty engines. To see two more photos of this train go to ExtraExtra.

15 comments:

  1. un train impressionnant, 150 voitures de charbon...... Quand il passe au passage à niveau, cela ne doit pas faire plaisir aux voitures ;o) je te souhaite un bon weekend


    an impressive train, 150 coal cars ...... When it passes to the level crossing, that should not give pleasure with the cars ;O) I wish you a good weekend

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  2. Wow that really is a long train. We have a train that runs through town here too. If you get stopped by one of those long ones it seems like forever before it passes by and you can move again.

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  3. Wow. that's a lot of coal cars. Great shots of the Iron Horses pulling and pushing.

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  4. Well, it IS quite a steep incline they're facing there...

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  5. 8 engines!!! ... and they all look so powerful!

    (No coal transport in France any more; all mines closed, 58 nuclear power plants...)

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  6. Can you imagine how many trucks that would take? No wonder they use trains. Amazing photo and interesting story, Kate.

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  7. I love locomotives for some reason! I had forgotten about the mighty long trains -- saw a lot of them in the mid-west, and as Olivier says, it wasn't fun sitting at the crossing late at night. Here in Switzerland, the cargo trains aren't *that* long, but I've seen cars, ship containers, gas/petrol tanks, recyclables rolling along on the tracks. The passenger trains sometimes *seem* rather long, but they're probably no more than 15 compartments long.

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  8. This photo reminded me of a toy train. It's the perspective, I think. You had to stand and count for a long time, Kate.

    My little sunflower has indeed lifted it's head today. The sun is trying to come out too.

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  10. that is one mighty long train

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  11. Some train. They are gripping. Three engines I see around hereabouts.

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  12. Ooooh, my almost 4 year old would have been beside himself to see so many trains. He is totally obsessed and now his baby brother is beginning to show similar symptoms. Boys...

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  13. Great shot of the coal train!

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  14. When I was a kid, my siblings and I would try to count the number of cars on trains. I haven't done that in years.

    I see lots of train cars heaped with sand here in Florida and I wonder how that much sand can possibly be worth the price of shipping it. There are always a lot of engines pulling too, you can imagine the weight of dozens and dozens of cars of sand. It would blow the tires out on a truck to try to do that over roads.

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