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SOO 6059 on the Saint Paul Transfer with Thunderstorms; Saint Paul, MN | by Ottergoose
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SOO 6059 on the Saint Paul Transfer with Thunderstorms; Saint Paul, MN

I got a text message from CamperDan advising that storm light was likely going to be available in the very near future. After consulting the visible satellite loop I concurred, wolfed down some chow, and hit the road. After passing some slick spots on 61 as I came up the river, I heard the St. Paul Transfer was ready to depart. I didn't know what the power was, but I knew a good location where I could include a lot of sky, so I headed for downtown as quickly as a I could.

 

I was frantically offering a "shut the door" gesture, but, understandably, the heat and humidity were a bigger concern than the pudgy foamer's photo op... it was obnoxiously hot.

 

In any event, that's SOO 6059, an EMD SD60M on the point, with a Canadian Pacific SD40-2, CP 6038 trailing. This is the Saint Paul Transfer, which runs from CP's Saint Paul Yard to the Minnesota Commercial. The Mississippi River is on the right, a pair of tow boats awaiting assignments, as another makes its way downriver. The clouds on the right are responsible for the puddles, the thunderstorm on the left was causing trouble in Wisconsin.

 

This image, my first published in a magazine, was the centerfold in the Summer 2010 issue of "The SOO."

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Taken on July 11, 2010