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IF YOU WERE IN DULUTH, MINNESOTA, for five days last September, you would have had the opportunity to photo- graph a main line steam locomotive pulling a mixed train, F9s and an FP7 hauling ore cars, and a 21-car Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range ore train, com- plete with Missabe diesels and caboose. What was the occasion for all this ac- tion? The 2011 Lake Superior Railroad Museum Railfan Weekend, held every other year in Duluth the weekend after Labor Day. This year the events were held over five days, from Sept. 7 to 11. It included 41 photographers for a steam charter with Soo Line 4-6-2 No. 2719 on Sept. 7-8, and 49 participants for diesel specials Sept. 9 to 11. Volun- teers from the Lake Superior Railroad Museum operated the trains over the Museum’s 26-mile North Shore Scenic Railroad, the former DM&IR line be- tween Duluth and Two Harbors, Minn. Railfan Weekend normally extends


Friday to Sunday, but since Soo 2719 was scheduled to operate the same weekend, I coordinated with the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for a 2719 charter a day earlier than its normal runs. The Museum put together a spe-


ABOVE: The steam-to-diesel transition era is recalled as Soo Line 4-6-2 No. 2719 stands next to Soo/Wisconsin Central FP7 2500A at Marbles Siding outside Two Harbors, Minn., on September 8, 2011. The F-unit is on the head end of a special “mixed” train and will soon move aside to let 2719 take over. LEFT: Soo Line 2719 soars over Big Sucker River Bridge at Palmers, Minn., en route from Duluth to Two Harbors on September 8, 2011.


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