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Preparing to leave WayzataEngine 261 gets ready to steam out of Wayzata during James J. Hill Days in 2006
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Black SmokeI was actually surprised they let us stand as close as we did. We were perhaps 8' back from the tracks when I took these pictures. It was quite loud when they blew the whistle and then blew off steam!
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Inching awayThe train started out very slowly and took some time to pick up speed, but eventually made it up to a cruising speed of somewhere around 45 or 50 mph, judging from our speed as we "chased" it.
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Heading into Howard LakeWe chased the train all the way to Howard Lake, where it turned around. Since Highway 12 and the tracks run fairly parallel, we were able to get many good views of the train during its journey.
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