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 Posted: Wed Sep 3rd, 2014 03:57 pm
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As of May, the DME (Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern) Railroad ceased operations in the state of the South Dakota. While this may be old news, a new railroad has risen out of the burning ashes, and the first true South Dakotan Railroad to appear in decades.

The new railroad is the Rapid City, Pierre, and Eastern, a Class II railroad owned by the rail company, Genesse and Wyoming. This name may be familiar to some on freerails because many shortlines across the US are owned by this company.

While some may resent change, this new railroad is showing good promise for the people of South Dakota. In addition to the 300 former DME employees that were hired more positions are in the making. The railroad has salvaged the grain industry in the state, and at the very least will keep all the grain elevators viable. Currently, there are 50 locomotive units, most of them are GP or SD units, and about 1000 freight cars. Up to 2000 cars can be expected by the end of this year. (Cited from local news source "KELOland" and the Genesse & Wyoming website).

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=64426&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1935993&highlight=
http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/rcpe-adds-to-fleet-to-meet-grain-demand/?id=168275

Being close to the tracks near Brookings, South Dakota; I'll be taking photos of equipment as it passes by.

I already snagged my first engine on the 1st of September. It's the "new" local switcher for Brookings, Arlington, and Volga South Dakota. Former DME GP38, now numbered 2087:



--James;)

P.S. I also like the paint scheme. I've seen it on other railroads owned by G&W Inc. and I'm excited to see this on South Dakota rails.



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I should also add that the RCPE is within spitting distance of their own coal mines, only about 200 miles away, which could mean a future expansion similar to what the Canadian Pacific proposed when they bought the DME. In a few years, I might be taking pictures of coal in addition to grain!

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Hi James
Just for a bit of further information the G&W operate locomotives here in Australia. I have a shot of one of their loco's on the head end of the Ghan a tourist train that runs from Adelaide to Darwin and return. The trip takes three days one way.
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Wonder what the tab will be for repainting 50 locos, and re-lettering (and possibly re-painting) A thousand cars?

And then, they'll have to weather them----


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...not to mention having 600 miles of track to play with...

Most expensive train layout I've ever heard of.

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Thought I'd post an update...

While searching for the Rapid City, Pierre, and Eastern on the Internet, I've found about 15 minutes of footage that summarizes 3 volumes of the predecessor railroad, the Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern.

Volumes II and III look at most of the new Rapid City, Pierre, and Eastern Railroad line.

Here are the links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sMAhV9CZ5Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89chWn3ZQmg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aan6-Q9Pqg

Volumes I, II, and III respectively. Or, at least their summaries.

What's even better is that these videos are pretty recent, with the videos being released in 2013 (it looks like).

I think these vids can be bought from Vision Production's website store:

http://www.cvptrains.com/index.php/online-store/shop-now

Not that anyone needs this, but it looks like there are videos of many different railroads on the site.

I plan to take photos of the line this spring, in May.

--James:java:

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Okay, I've got a string of shots from October I forgot to put up earlier. I can't remember the town's name, but it was roughly halfway between Brookings and Pierre, both in South Dakota.

Anyway, here's the 4 photos:









The engines are still in their old DME colors (Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern)

As always, thanks for taking a look!

--James:java:

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Nice shots!



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Thanks Ray! I'll have more at a later date.

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Finally, new photos!!!

It's still the same local switcher, RCP&E #2087

I caught it (tracked it) from the west side of Brookings to a public road that follows the tracks within the ROW. The reason for being only 30 feet from the track is that the 3M plant has a big wire fence 50 feet from the track, and the road needs to go somewhere,so... It basically makes for a great place to take close-ups of the train.

Anyways, here are the photos:



RCP&E #2087, what I have figured out is the local switcher, and serves Brookings, Aurora, Volga, and the Ethanol plant east of Brookings as well as 3 grain elevators and the 3M plan within Brookings. On this particular day, I caught the engine headed to the ethanol plant with 3 tankers and 10 grain hoppers.



This photo is a string of Soo Line hoppers which I think are waiting on the 'abandoned' siding for the distribution warehouse to be switched into the gravel plant just east of I-90.







Thanks for taking a look!

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