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Photo ID: 637881

A Santa Fe GP39-2 continues to evade the paint booth as it runs the revived St. Cloud Local from Northtown to St. Cloud.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP39-2
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 2785
Train ID: L-TWI8121-13
Photo Date: November 13, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Nov 14, 2017

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Photo ID: 637151

The revived St. Cloud local heads for Northtown after doing work in St. Cloud. The local was abolished in June, but after unsuccessful attempts to have road trains do switching, the local was b... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 2365
Train ID: L-TWI8121-06
Photo Date: November 06, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Nov 06, 2017

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Photo ID: 628768

Two recently rebuilt SD75s hustle a Minot train westbound around the curve out of town in the evening light. The #281 is a SD75I while the #269 is an SD75M. Both have been hard at work in the a... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD75I
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 281
Train ID: H-NTWMIN1-28
Photo Date: August 28, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Aug 30, 2017

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Photo ID: 628619

A trio of GEs run their stack train 'left handed' around the curve out of town headed westbound in the evening light.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ET44C4
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 3985
Train ID: S-CHITAC1-27
Photo Date: August 28, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Aug 29, 2017

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Photo ID: 623942

A pair of classic road EMDs, dating back to the 1970s, run by themselves on the Mandan to Northtown road manifest freight. The clouds gave way to the sun at just the right time, any later and t... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 1787
Train ID: H-MANNTW4-20A
Photo Date: July 21, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Jul 21, 2017

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Photo ID: 618677

A perfect trio of matching cascade green SD40-2s dating to the early 1970s make their way east on the Grand Forks to Northtown freight a couple of hours after sunrise. They were making every bi... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 1940
Train ID: H-GFDNTW1-2A
Photo Date: June 02, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Jun 02, 2017

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Photo ID: 618509

A surviving Santa Fe geep leads a healthy local eastward to Northtown. It was pleasing to see that BNSF had not yet disbanded this local, as a few favorite local jobs in the area were dissolved ea... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP39-2
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 2785
Train ID: St. Cloud Local
Photo Date: May 25, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: May 31, 2017

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Photo ID: 612399

A GP30 body shell leads a Santa Fe painted GP39 on a decent sized local to Northtown yard from St. Cloud's former GN yard.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP39-2
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 2743
Train ID: St. Cloud Local
Photo Date: April 06, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Apr 06, 2017

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Photo ID: 612036

BNSF wasn't fooling around when they sent a quartet of veteran EMD SD40-2s on the mainline to handle a two-mile long manifest on their own. I definitely consider myself lucky!

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 1788
Train ID: H-NTWGFD01-1A
Photo Date: April 01, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Apr 02, 2017

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Photo ID: 612034

A matching pair of BN 3-window ("triclops") SD60Ms take charge of the slow Grand Forks to Northtown manifest as it exits Becker and crosses into Big Lake limits.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD60M
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 1405
Train ID: H-GFDNTW31-1A
Photo Date: March 31, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Apr 02, 2017

Views: 636
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Photo ID: 608687

An unusual power set leads an intermodal freight from Northtown to Staples to switch out power for the rest of the trip west. Included in this powerset is a BN 3-window ('triclops') SD60M leadi... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD60M
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 1422
Train ID: S-STPTAC
Photo Date: March 02, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Mar 03, 2017

Views: 626
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Favorited: 4

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Photo ID: 606721

With temps near 40 degrees, Amtrak 8 runs 4 hours behind left-handed around road foreman on Valentine's Day 2017.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: AMTK 90
Train ID: 8 Empire Builder
Photo Date: February 14, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Feb 14, 2017

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Photo ID: 606720

As the sun begins to lower to the horizon after reaching past the thawing temperature, a pair of CSX AC...CW motors power a vehicle train westbound.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC6000CW
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: CSX 5005
Train ID: V-BLUPTL
Photo Date: February 03, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Feb 14, 2017

Views: 695
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Photo ID: 605355

With temps around 8 degrees, an eastbound coal load passes through the town of Big Lake on a beautiful sunny morning.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 9315
Train ID: unknown
Photo Date: February 03, 2017


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Feb 03, 2017

Views: 518
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Photo ID: 599521

With one of the P42s out of service with a blown turbo, Amtrak called upon the aid of BNSF, but this time, unlike the typical GE helper, an EMD SD70ACe was put in passenger service.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota, United States
Locomotive #: BNSF 8755
Train ID: 8 Empire Builder
Photo Date: December 15, 2016


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By: Keon McGarvey

Added: Dec 15, 2016

Views: 1,486
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Favorited: 11

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