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Progressive Rail

They operate multiple lines in the south Metro as well as out of Northfield. More details coming soon but first these photos... All photos by Andy Inserra unless noted.

Locomotives



Seen Sept 11 2004 straight from the paint shop is SD38-2 #42 - Craig Willett found it resting at WSOR's Horicon Shops before moving to MN...





And here is SD39 #40 in Northfield looking good in its original MNS colors. Burt Foster photo, Dec 04.



PGR 40 and 42 together in Northfield - Jan 15th 2005. Andy Inserra photo



From November 04 we see SW1500 #36 in service in Richfield. Greg Smith photo



Todd Madson caught #36 just after it arrived on the DPL-High Line



SW1500 37 in Northfield with a "new" Tropicana boxcar



PGR SW1500 #37 - ex-MNS 37 and now wearing its old colors once again as is works out of PGR's new Northfiled hub. Greg Smith


PGR SW1500 #38 - on the Eagandale Line. Andy Inserra photo - Rosemount, Jan. 2005



SW1500 67 at Lakeville



SW1500 74 at Lakeville



SW1500 2347 wears a version of the MNS colors - today it is the #34... Seen July 2002



This is PGR GP9 #63, it is privately owned by one of their employees but used on the PGR as backup power out of Northfield. It carries a PGR logo on the cab and is seen below with SW1500 37. Burt Foster photos - Dec 04.





PGR 63 with a new PGR boxcar - Any Inserra photo, Jan 15th 2005



PGR's 45 tonner - former NSP 5 - at Faribault Foods in Faribault. Joe Fehr photo.

Number Model Notes Line/Base
34 SW1500 ex-PGR 2347, NS 2347, Sou. WN
36  SW1500 ex-Soo 1400, MNS 36 Highline
37 SW1500 ex-Soo 1401, MNS 37 Northfield
38 SW1500 ex-BNSF 3455, BN 309, GN 209 Eagandale
40 SD39 ex-Soo 6240, MNS 40 Northfield
42 SD38-2 ex-LLPX 2806, GATX 1242, Reserve Mining 1242 Northfield 
63 GP9 ex- CBRM, NEKM 63, I&O 63, C&O 6178 , privately owned - back up power Northfield
67 SW1500 ex-ILS, NS-SOU-K&IT 67 Lakeville
74 SW1500 ex-ILS, NS-SOU-K&IT 74 Lakeville
(5) 45 Ton GE ex-NSP 5, bought from MTM - no official PGR number Fairbault

CBRM =Chillicothe-Brunswick Rail Maintenance Authority
NKEM =Northeast Kansas & Missouri Division, Mid-Michigan R.R., Inc.
I&O = Indiana and Ohio
K&IT = Kentucky & Illinois Terminal

Their locomotives in their past lives

Freight Cars



Northfield is now home to the PGR car fleet in the local yard - these cars had been out of the paint shop for less than a month when photographed in June 2004.



All three schemes the PGR boxcar fleet can be seen in...



A string of ex-Amtrak express boxcars, now PGR boxcars.



A common sight to east coast residents, these colorful cars hardly ever came to Minnesota before PGR bought a fleet of them. Cooling parts are all removed - they now serve as regular boxcars.



PGR also owns Airlake Terminal [or ALKX] which owns 10 of these hoppers now in salt service. This one, #3008, is seen at Randolph - Jan 15 2005, Andy Inserra photo


One of 5 60' flats PGR owns... #4004 seen here - Joe Fehr photo


One of the most interesting loads seen - McNeilus front loader garbage trucks loaded in pairs are being shipped on these flats. Talk about a made-for-model-rail project! Click for hi-res photo... Feb 2005. Joe Fehr photo

 

Soo caboose 114 and PGR Flat 4001.   Andy Inserra photo, June 05, Northfield yard

A set of their former Skeena hoppers, now in woodchip service. Andy Inserra photo - June 05, Northfield yard

PGR 170201 - a depressed flat car that used to be part of the KRL fleet.  Click for larger photo.  Joe Fehr photo - Lakeville, Nov 2005

PGR 255101 - a heavy duty flat car that used to be part of the KRL fleet. Click for larger photo.  Joe Fehr photo - Lakeville, Nov 2005

PGR 255103 - a heavy duty flat car that used to be part of the KRL fleet. Click for larger photo.  Joe Fehr photo - Lakeville, Nov 2005

Reporting Marks Number series Car Type Details
PGR 1300
(16 total)
60' boxcar Interior bulkheads, specialty moves
PGR 2600-2700
(58 total)
Refrigerated Boxcar ex-Tropicana, canned foods
PGR 4001-4005 60' flatcar heavy machinery service
ALKX 3001-3010 3-bay covered hopper ex-UP, CNW - salt service
ALKX 8001-8008 4 bay covered hopper Hauling recycled battery cases - Eagandale line
STWX 157000 series (11 total) 52.5' gondolas ex-CN, recycled metal service
STWX 1400 (87 total) Open hoppers former Skeena  -for mulch service and construction debris


Cabooses


MNS 102 lives on - it resides with the PGR on the High Line. It works when needed and retains its orginal colors while sporting a new solar panal on the roof for extra electricity.



Caboose 1962 - a former CP van - now serves as an office just off 60th St in South Mpls near the Crosstown [Hwy 62] and theAggregate Industires plant visable from there. The van is still roadworthy and if needed could do rolling work but for now it is a cushy place to do paperwork. Vlad Kedrovsky photo - 2/2003 when being prepared for its office duties...

MOW


Soo plow pushed to the back of yard in Northfield - it has been a while since there has been a single storm with enough snow to warrent use...

Lakeville - Airlake Park



The impressive PGR building in Lakeville - click for more details, note the Ship by Rail and Frieght House No. 1 signs... Greg Smith



How to unload an end-dump wood chip car with a car tipper: Lift up the end and connect with chain, pull out chips with small front end loader to form a ramp and then unload the rest of the car with a loader/bobcat. Amazing what a little creativity can do!

Leased Power


Todd Madson took these photos of LLPX GP38 2034 [ex-Conrail] and 2023 [ex-CSX in their orange MOW scheme] at Northfield in mid-October 2004




And working the Eagandale line with #38 is RLCX SW1500 #1500. Formerly a Belt Railway of Chicago unit, it hasn't changed much since those days... Greg Smith photos - Nov. '04 [note - returned to RLCX as of the end of 2004]



Routes-Lines

These are the routes that are currently being operated by PGR - they started in Lakeville and since then have expanded from there with multiple lines now in Northfield as well as north of the Minnesota River with the High Line and just south with the Eagandale Line.
  • High Line Serving Bloomington, Richfield, and south Minneapolis on the branch off the MNS line. Begins at Auto Club Jct in Bloomington and ends near 58th St S. and Lyndale in Minneapolis
  • Lakeville - Airlake Industrial Park is served by a maze of tracks
  • Northfield-Lakeville Brings traffic to the Lakeville area as well as business along the line.
  • Northfield -Faribault Runs from the Northfield yard south to Faribault
  • Northfield-Canon Falls Not frequent yet but service should pick up with the Randolph Industrial Park
  • Eagandale Runs from Eagan to Rosemont where it connects to the CP-UP line
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