blog, Trackside With Tony (Blog) Canadian Pacific/Progressive Rail: Volume one May 21, 2013 Tony Canadian Pacific operates the former Minneapolis, Northfield, and Southern main line from MN&S Junction in Crystal, MN, to Nesbitt Siding in Bloomington, MN, where it interchanges with Progressive Rail. On December 17th, 2012, only one empty gondola was being toted back to Humbolt Yard by the crew aboard this duo veteran Soo Line GP38-2s (4410 and 4449) as they approached Excelsior Blvd in St. Louis Park, MN. Photo by Tony Held. A going-away shot of the two units as they near the Excelsior Blvd crossing. Photo by Tony Held. And a view of the whole train as it crosses the road. Photo by Tony Held. Now we are looking at the same train via a zoom shot taken from Brunswick Avenue in St. Louis Park. We are farther north along the old MN&S at this point. Photo by Tony Held. The train rounds the curve at Brunswick Avenue … …looking like it was the 1980s instead of 2012… …and then continues on north. All photos by Tony Held. By the time I had reached Golden Valley this day I had lost the northbound CP local on the old MN&S. I did however find this fine compensation: a CP center cupola caboose parked on a short spur just south of the Laurel Avenue grade crossing! Photo by Tony Held. On the day after Christmas I returned to get another portrait of this hack … … along with a CP tie loader/un-loader that had been spotted on the Laurel Avenue spur since my last visit. Photos by Tony Held. A roster view of the CP tie un-loader. Photo by Tony Held. As the post-Christmas sun sets, we are now back in St. Louis Park at Milwaukee Junction. Here the old MN&S main line has a connection to both local industry (now confined to just one shipper, J.B. Hill Co.) and the former Pacific Coast main line of the Milwaukee Road now operated by Twin Cities & Western. Photo by Tony Held. A view down the track from Milwaukee Junction leading into “Skunk Hollow.” Another track leads out of Skunk Hollow and connects with the former Milwaukee, meaning the junction is made up in the form of a giant wye. Photo by Tony Held. Now we are at the freight house Progressive Rail operates in Bloomington, MN, located at the north end of a rabbits warren of spur track off of the former MN&S “High Line” west of 35W. On April 30th, 2013, I found PGR 36 coupled up to two bulkhead flats loaded with lumber at the freight house. Photo by Tony Held. And speaking of lumber, I also found on April 30th this loaded bulkhead flat along with a gondola spotted on a spur track that branches off the track into the freight house. Like I said, there is a rabbits warren of tracks here! Photo by Tony Held.