Recently on the Hitop…

This last week we awoke early for a good breakfast one morning and decided to catch a run we hadn’t followed in awhile: the mine run to Morris Fork.

While we weren’t in time to catch him coming out of Dickinson, we were able to catch him just turning onto the branch proper at Spring Street as shown below:

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We saw he was running caboose light up the branch to simply pick up loads apparently from the mine. We took off and caught him a short time later starting upgrade outside Hitop:

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Up to Morris Fork we went, finally pulling into the hardware and farm supply lot where I climbed a trail up the hillside and caught the turn going about its business below, also picking up an empty Southern forty foot boxcar from the hardware. I managed a close up shot of GP7 5628 from on top of the hill as well:

As you can see, I was looking into the sun starting to come up over the far hills. It took sometime to finish his switching at Morris Fork and run around his train to head back to Dickinson, so we had plenty of time to head back ourselves. We finally caught the turn coming back into Dickinson yard at the end of his run:

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