The late afternoon shadows are long as the last Northstar commuter train of the day has just backed into the maintenance facility garage for servicing.
The last afternoon Northstar commuter train of the day waits to depart east to Target Field in Minneapolis. The Northstar Link bus will shuttle commuters to St. Cloud. In the background is Cargi... (more)
A clean Tier 4 hauls an intermodal eastbound on the Staples Sub.
Amtrak 8 flies through Big Lake East towards its next destination in St. Paul with 3 units on point. Not long after I took this, former Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman passed away from a stroke. Rest in P... (more)
An intermodal heads east through Big Lake on the wrong main with a clean dash 9 leading a rare TFM SD70MAC on a frigid, -15 below zero (not including windchill!) morning.
An SD75I and 2 CP units lead an empty grain train west on the Staples Sub in some serious snowfall.
A grain train with some new BNSF hoppers (towards the end) heads east into Big Lake, where it'll stop for an outbound Northstar commuter.
BNSF's "Northstar Holiday Train" arrives the Big Lake transit platform for boarding passengers going on a free ride to St. Paul Union Depot.
A colorful and lengthy Dilworth-bound manifest heads through Big Lake a few minutes away from sunset.
Three modern BNSF EMD AC widecabs are in control of this hot intermodal train from Chicago to the west coast. Not a bad look! Two ACes and a MACe.
A GEVO and an ACe lead a manifest WB out of Big Lake towards the setting sun.
A trio of BNSF SD40-2s and a BNSF SD70MAC escape severe thunderstorms to the south and east as it heads for Dilworth.
A pair of four-axle EMDs lead a St. Paul intermodal to Staples, MN for a power swap.
Almost looks like this could be taken somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (Minus all the mountains), but really it's central Minnesota. Amtrak 161 leads a special move from Milwaukee with a talgo s... (more)
The Northtown to Dilworth train with an A-B-A lash up heads west through Big Lake on Good Friday. Talk about a consist!