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Stormy Weather; Luverne, MN | by Ottergoose
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Stormy Weather; Luverne, MN

Dan K and I had the poor luck of heading to Sioux Falls for a long-planned railfanning trip during some of the worst flash flooding the region has ever seen. Unbeknownst to us, as we were futzing around with lightning shots in Luverne, MN, there was a rescue effort underway to retrieve a driver from her car on I-90, just a few miles away, who was stuck in several feet of rushing water.

 

The sudden closure of I-90 and the surrounding side roads forced us east roughly 30 miles to Worthington, MN, which had the nearest hotels with vacancy.

 

The floods handily thwarted our original plans for this trip, as washouts and other water issues prevented the Dakota & Iowa and the Minnesota Southern (seen here) from running their road trains while we were in town. Nevertheless, we still managed to put 1,600 miles (2,500 km) on Dan's Chevy, and shot several railroads in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

 

MSWY 1365 is an EMD GP9, built 7/1959 for the Milwaukee Road. The entirety of Minnesota Southern's roster can be seen in this shot; their GP7 is in the background.

 

This is a single, 20 second exposure, no overly-manipulative hocus pocus needed.

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Taken on June 16, 2014