Slow Day for Trains April 3, 2016

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CGW101c

CGW Fan
Took a day off from duties as a caregiver and headed for Council Bluffs IA. Ran into construction and detours just trying to get to Iowa Interstate RR. Nothing to see here. There was one silver BNSF loco on the south end. I drove north towards Missouri Valley. Nothin there either. Stopped at the wildlife refuge. TOO windy nothin flying. Drove north up the UP. One train off in the distance at Sioux City. It had been many years since I had been in Sioux City. Found the BNSF and the UP yards. Either too hard to get to or nothing to see. Are you getting the pattern? Found 1 DI Loco, forgot what DI stands for and this red critter. Drove across the town to the old Milw shops and a BNSF yard in South Dakota. The BNSF yard is across the Big Sioux river from the MILW. 2 states in less than 5 minutes. There is a museum in the old MILW shop area. It was closed.

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Milw Roundhouse

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Clean Steel Car close to DI yard

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DI Loco

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Big Sioux River bridge
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
Seems to me the BNSF yard was Great Northern at one time. I think it ended in North Sioux City SD and transfered to the Milw across the river. Any clarification from anybody?


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North BNSF Yard with Oil Cans and Frac Sand cars

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Museum

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Museum

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A Sunset under the rain cloud, for Bill
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
And the Red Switcher at the car repair place, I think.

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In downtown Sioux City on the south end. That is the UP(CNW) track in the foreground
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
The MILW continued northwest into South Dakota and GN went out on the east side of town. BNSF must have gotten the MILW in one of the bankrupt deals. Similar to the Bayard Line. When I was still living at home, some 40 years ago, and would come home from a morning railfan drive mom would ask where I had been and would tell her South Dakota. That surprised her. She forgot SD is only 90 miles away. You could round trip it in 4 hours, just enough time to get lunch and get to work by 4pm. Ahhh! Those were the days. Tom
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Seems to me the BNSF yard was Great Northern at one time. I think it ended in North Sioux City SD and transfered to the Milw across the river. Any clarification from anybody?
It gets confusing with so many places named "Sioux." :confused:

According to the map in the book Lines West, a GN branch line passed through Sioux Falls, SD and terminated at Yankton, SD. Another branch line left the Willmar, MN-Yankton, SD branch line near the SD-MN border and terminated at Sioux City IA. My AAA Atlas shows North Sioux City as being in Iowa and South Sioux City as being in South Dakota.

I think of the GN as running through northern states bordering Canada and am always amused that it had rails in Iowa and California.
 

Zoohogger

Whistle Pig
D & I is the Dakota and Iowa. Uses the Milwaukee road tracks from Sioux city to Sioux falls and a bit north. BN also uses milw tracks in Sioux City to get to elk point and then to Yankton. Bill mentioned the GN between SC AND Willmar , that's the line that goes through Garretson. You found all the main spots in Sioux City. Too bad you didn't see more trains. I'll go with you next time and we'll follow the IC to Cherokee.
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
How is the exposure on the picture with the tank cars? It looks fine on the computer but dark on the tablet.
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
How is the exposure on the picture with the tank cars? It looks fine on the computer but dark on the tablet.
The tank cars look dark to me, but that is to be expected since you were taking the shots from the shady side. I assume that was your only angle without trespassing on railroad property.

Are you using a camera that allows you to adjust the exposure compensation? After taking thousands of bird photos over the past 7-8 years, I am getting fairly good at estimating the necessary exposure compensation.
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
Thanks Bill. I will make a couple of adjustments. The camera has exposure compensation and I can make changes to the RAW file in the camera. Then I will drop the brightness on my monitor a click until the tablet and the computer look the same. But it is probably that I took it on the dark side. The sun side was in the middle of the highway. Wait. It's a public road, I should have just stopped and put my flashers on. Everybody would have understood.
 




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