The St. Croix Valley operates on 36 miles of track between Hinckley and North Branch with their office and shop in Rush City. Today two crew members will take a train north from Rush City to Hinckley while I will ride a train to Harris and back.
The railroad's biggest power are their two SD40M-2s. These were built as SD45s but have been modified, or rebuilt, as SD40-2s. Numbered 1325 and 1326, we will take the 1325. It was built in 1967 and rebuilt in 1978. Originally with 20 cylinders it packed 3600 HP while now it has 16 cylinders producing 3000 HP. It was built as Denver & Rio Grand (DRGW) 5335. The 1326 was built as Southern Pacific (SP) 8840.
Just south of Rush city is a siding for the Interstate Energy Partners propane facility.
Along the right-of-way are lots of empty battery boxes and signal bases from Northern Pacific Railroad days.
These hopper cars are used as buffer cars when transporting tank cars.