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BNSF Wayzata Sub: Volume Seven

BNSF westbound Northtown Lincoln power Long Lake 7 10 2013
I was keeping tabs via the “MN Rail” discussing group of a special load bound out of Northtown on the Northtown-Lincoln: a “drawworks” used by oil companies. It was shipped by rail from Canada, and was bound for the port of Long Beach. The motive power on this train…
BNSF Northtown Lincoln with special car in consist Long Lake 7 10 2013
…was BNSF 7958 (ES44C4); BNSF 5824 (ES44AC); and BNSF 2755 (GP39E-an ex BN GP30!). The train moved swiftly past my vantage point…
BNSF Northtown Lincoln approaching green signal Long Lake 7 10 2013
…and on into the lazy, hazy summer evening.  This and preceding two photos taken by Tony Held on July 10, 2013.
DPU of stopped eastbbound beneath Luce Line Long Lake 7 10 2013
The Northtown-Lincoln photographed above passed this eastbound general freight as it waited to meet them on the Wayzata to Long Lake siding. I could not get the number of the GE pictured above. Photo taken by Tony Held on July 10, 2013.

 

Eastbound BNSF freight departing Long Lake 7 13 2012
Dispatch stopped this eastbound mixed manifest until they gave them a “proceed to next signal” which cleared them down the line. I could only get the number of the trailing unit since it was facing me: BNSF 682 (C44-9W; an ex-Santa Fe warbonnet!) Photo taken by Tony Held on July 13, 3013
Eastbound BNSF grain train Wayzata 7 27 2013
A quick chase from Long Lake to Wayzata netted this shot of an eastbound grain train getting up to speed after being stopped by the dispatcher in Long Lake…
BNSF grain train eastbound at Wayzata 7 7 2013
…as well as this one as the train passed by the old BNSF/Dakota Rail interchange. Power was BNSF 5532, 622, and 979; all of which were C44-9Ws.  The 622 was a treat because it was an ex-Santa Fe Warbonnet!  This and preceding photo taken on July 27, 2013.
BNSF eastbound freight Long Lake 7 27 2013
Turns out another eastbound was hot on the heels of the grain job pictured above. This time it was a mixed manifest I bagged back in Long Lake…
Eastbound BNSF freight in Long Lake 7 27 2013
…which had the following units for power: BNSF 6917 (ES44C4), BNSF 7726 (ES44DC), and BNSF 912 (C40-8W.)   Soon its thunder began to fade…
Eastbound BNSF freight leaving Long Lake 7 27 2013
…as the train rolled away out of sight. This and preceding two photos were taken on July 27, 2013, by Tony Held.
Green main track signal Long Lake 7 27 2013
The approach of the second train was heralded by this signal. Photo taken by Tony Held on July 27, 2013.
Westbound mixed BNSF manifest Long Lake 8 3 2013
Here comes the first of what proved to be three trains I bagged in Long Lake on the same Saturday morning the Tour de Tonka pedaled through town…
BNSF westbound mixed manifest headed for Willow Dr underpass Long Lake 8 3 2013
…this first catch of the morning was a westbound general manifest led by BNSF BNSF 5242 (C44-9W); BNSF 9375 (SD70ACe); and a CSX unit whose number I did not catch. Soon it was followed by…
Another BNSF westbound manifest Long Lake 8 3 2013
…another westbound mixed manifest…
BNSF Westbound ducking under Brown Road Long Lake 8 3 2013
…powered by BNSF 9578 (SD70MAC) and BNSF 8261 (SD75M).
There was an eastbound waiting for them to pass further west of here…
BNSF eastbound splitting the signals at Long Lake 8 3 2013
…which finally hit Long Lake about an hour later…
Eastbound BNSF freight on curve in eastern Long Lake 8 3 2013
…powered by BNSF 4136 and BNSF 5061 (both C44-9Ws). I dubbed this eventful morning the “Train de Tonka”! This and preceding five photos taken by Tony Held on August 3, 2013.
MOW vehicle on Wayzata Sub by signals Long Lake 8 5 2013
No trains thundered through Long Lake on this morning two days later because MOW crews…
MOW vehicle on Wayzata Sub by slow order boards Long Lake 6 5 2013
…were out working on the railroad. This and preceding photo taken on August 5, 2013, by Tony Held.
BNSF Dash nine 4618 Long Lake 8 7 2013
One of the perks of (virtually) trackside living: a view of a locomotive from your apartment! This unit -BNSF 4689 (C44-9W) was the lead of no less than six units on an eastbound mixed manifest that got stopped in Long Lake and then cleared to proceed that also consisted of…
BNSF dash nines 4618 and 5138 outside May St apts Long Lake 8 7 2013
…BNSF 5148 (C44-9W)…
BNSF dash nines 707 and 5138 Long Lake 8 7 2013
…BNSF 707 (C44-9W; BNSF-ized Warbonnet from 1996)…
BNSF GP28M 1544 Long Lake 8 7 2013
…BNSF 1544 (GP28M; ex-BN)…
BNSF SD40 2 1783 Long Lake 8 7 2013
…BNSF 1783 (SD40-2; ex-BN)…
BNSF SD70 MAC 9666 Long Lake 8 7 2013
…and BNSF 9666 (SD70MAC; ex-BN). Only the first three units of this eclectic lashup were under power. The other three were hitching a ride in from Willmar, MN. This and preceding five photos taken by Tony Held on August 7, 2013.

BNSF Wayzata Sub: Volume Six

Westbound BNSF grain train pulling out of siding Long Lake 6 9 2013
Here comes a westbound BNSF grain job with BNSF 7709 (ES44DC) and 6930(ES44C4) at the crew’s disposal. Photo taken on 6-9-2013 by Tony Held.
Departing westbound BNSF grain train at Brown Road Long Lake 6 9 2013
Here is another view of the two units on the June 9 catch as the hogger takes the train beneath the Brown Road bridge (a span that is a staple landmark in many of my pics taken in Long Lake.) Photo by Tony Held.
Tagged hopper on grain train 1 Long Lake 6 9 2013
The June 9 catch had a bunch of colorful “tagged” smoothside covered hoppers in the consist like this one…
Tagged hopper on grain train 2 Long Lake 6 9 2013
…this one…
Tagged hopper on grain train 3 Long Lake 6 9 2013
…this baby…
Tagged hopper on grain train 4 Long Lake 6 9 2013
…this example…
Tagged hopper on grain train 5 Long Lake 6 9 2013
…this example…
Tagged hopper on grain train 6 Long Lake 6 9 2013
…this example…
Tagged hopper on grain train 7 Long Lake 6 9 2013
…and finally these babies. All photos by Tony Held.
Westbound BNSF freight Long Lake 6 19 2013
Here comes yet another westbound general freight (I really have to learn my train symbols) rumbling through Long Lake on June 19, 2013. Motive power is BNSF 5023 and 5241(both C44-9Ws.) Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF freight approaching pedestrian bridge Long Lake 6 29 2013
Here is an eastbound freight storming through town bound for Wayzata and on into Minneapolis just after the lead units “split the signals” at the west end of the Long Lake-Wayzata siding (I can’t recall the proper name for that piece of track.) Motive power was BNSF 4306 (C44-9W) and 5694 (AC44CW.) Photo taken on June 29, 2013, by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF freight Long lake 6 29 2013
The same two units as they scoot out from under the pedestrian bridge over the Wayzata Sub/Hwy 12 corridor in Long Lake. Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF grain train Long Lake 7 6 2013
I really composed this shot of this eastbound grain job very good; I did not need to crop it at all! Photo taken on July 6, 2013, by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF grain train headed  for Wayzata Long Lake 7 6 2013
There they go, headed for the bridges carrying the Luce Line over the BNSF/Hwy 12 corridor. Motive power was BNSF 6852 and 6654 (both ES44C4s.) Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF DPU unit on eastbound grain train Long Lake 7 6 2013
This grain job I caught on July 6 had this Grinstein Green-painted SD70MAC on the hind end as the DPU…
Another view of BNSF DPU unit on eastbound grain train Long Lake 7 6 2013
…the road number of which was 9627. Both photos by Tony Held.
Stopped eastbound BNSF train with UP power Long Lake 7 6 2013
You can find motive power from other railways on the Wayzata Sub. Usually they are NS and CSX units, but other roads show up as well. I also caught on July 6, 2013, this empty eastbound ballast train that the dispatcher stopped in town for a time before clearing on through. Motive power was UP 4984 and 4771 (both SD70Ms.) I am glad I caught it! Photo by Tony Held.

BNSF Wayzata sub: Volume Five

Stopped BNSF eastbound general freight Long Lake 5 31 2013
BNSF dispatch loves to halt trains in Long Lake, MN, and not just on the siding, too. At times the trains they stop right on the main track yield terrific catches like this one on May 31, 2013! Photo by Tony Held.
Stopped eastbound BNSF freight Long Lake 5 31 2013
The motive power on this May 31, 2013 catch of mine was a trio of ex-BN units …
Stopped BNSF eastbound freight Long Lake 5 31 2013
… 8100 and 8103 (SD60Ms), and 1916 (SD40-2.) Both photos by Tony Held.
RailGon gondola 29658 in stopped BNSF eastbound freight Long Lake 5 31 2013
Here is one of three interesting freight cars I found on this stopped eastbound freight with the ex-BN power. This is Rail Gon gondola 29658.  Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF gondola 516196 in consist of stopped eastbound freight Long Lake 5 31 2013
Here is a new BNSF gondola, 516196, complete with “swoosh” logo.  Photo by Tony Held.
Tagged AGPX hopper 12057 in consist of stopped  BNSF eastbound L Lake 5 31 2013
This hopper car was the third interesting freight car I saw on the May 31 catch, AGPX 12057. It was “tagged” with some vibrant –but clean– graffiti! It got parked half under the Brown Road bridge when the hogger stopped the train for the red signal. Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF freight with dash nine 5032 and ES44DC 7312 Long Lake 6 3 2013
Here comes another eastbound general freight, one BNSF dispatch is letting roll right through town. It has BNSF 5032 (C44-9W) and 7321 (ES44DC) on the point. Photo taken on 6-3-2013 by Tony Held..
Going away view of eastbound BNSF freight about to head into siding Long Lake 6 3 2013
Here are the two units again as the hogger takes the train east. Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound freight DPU passing under Brown Road Long Lake 6 3 2013
Here comes the DPU unit on this train, BNSF 6117 (an ES44AC.) It is emerging from beneath the Brown Road bridge. Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF ES4AC 6117 on eastbound freight Long Lake 6 3 2013
Another look at the 6117. Photo by Tony Held.
Tagged BNSF hopper Long Lake 6 3 2013
Before the DPU appeared I saw this tagged BNSF hopper sporting the old logo …
Tagged ex Southern boxcar Long Lake 6 3 2013
…this very well tagged ex-Southern boxcar…
Ex BN covered hoppers Long Lake 6 3 2013
…and these two lightly graffiti-clad ex-BN ribside hoppers. All three photos by Tony Held.
Westbound BNSF freight Long Lake 6 6 2013
Westbound thunder! Here comes a westbound general freight (I really need to learn the train symbols for the Wayzata sub!) rumbling through Long Lake on the 69th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2013. Photo by Tony Held.
Westbound BNSF general freight about to duck under Brown Road Long Lake 6 6 2013
There goes the motive power on what I dubbed the “D-Day anniversary express”, ducking under Brown Road. The crew had BNSF 4108 (C44-9W) and 7688 (ES44DC) for power. Photo by Tony Held.
Tagged CN boxcars in westbound freight Long Lake 6 6 2013
I spotted these tagged boxcars in the string of cars hanging off the knuckle of the rear unit …
Tagged boxcars in westbound freight Long Lake 6 6 2013
…along with these specimens. Freight yards and other open access rail areas sure bring out the street artists. Photo by Tony Held.

BNSF Wayzata Sub: Volume four

BNSF ES44AC 6406 and SD70 9580 stopped with eastbound coal train Long Lake 8 12 2012
The BNSF dispatcher loves to halt trains in Long Lake until whatever bottleneck or meet schedule at the siding has been resolved. On August 12th, 2012, this eastbound (loaded) unit coal train got tagged in town. Lead units were BNSF 6406 (ES44AC) and still in “Grinstein Green” SD70 9580. Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF SD70ace 9371 DPU on stopped eastbound coal train Orono 8 12 2012
The train stretched all the way through Long Lake and into neighboring Orono. Here is the train’s DPU unit, BNSF 9371 (SD70ace) as viewed from the Old Crystal Bay Road bridge. Photo by Tony Held.
DPU SD70ace 9371 and coal train Orono 8 12 2012
The same DPU unit and the long line of coal cars ahead of it as viewed from the Old Crystal Bay Road bridge. Photo by Tony Held.
Head on view of DPU SD70ace 9371 Orono 8 12 2012
Finally, a classic roster shot of BNSF 9371 as viewed from the Old Crystal Bay Road bridge over the Highway 12/BNSF corridor. Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF freight taking the siding Long Lake 2 9 2013
Sometimes the BNSF dispatcher tags eastbound trains in Long Lake so they can be shifted onto the Long Lake to Wayzata siding. On a gloomy February 9th, 2013, this eastbound grain (?) job headed on into the hole. Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF freight motive power view 1 Long Lake 2 9 1013
Motive power on this train was BNSF 5234 (C44-9W) and BNSF 7239 (ES44DC.) Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF freight motive power view 2 Long Lake 2 9 2013
A going-away shot of the two units as they emerge from beneath the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Highway 12/BNSF corridor in Long Lake. Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound freight DPU unit view 1 Long Lake 2 9 2013
The DPU unit on this job was coupled nose-first to the hind end; it was BNSF BNSF 5921 (ES44AC.) Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound BNSF freight DPU view 2 Long Lake 2 9 2013
A going-away view of BNSF 5921. This train was taking the siding so a westbound snowplow extra bound for western Minnesota could pass. A temporary foul-up with my camera left its passage unrecorded, unfortunately. Photo by Tony Held.
Stopped eastbound BNSF freight Long Lake 3 3 2013
On March 3rd, 2013, the first train of the day in Long Lake. was this eastbound general freight that the dispatcher halted in town for a time. The rising sun made for a nice backdrop to this shot! Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF AC44CW 5650 Dash 9 5220 and ES44AC 5876 Long Lake 3 3 2013
Motive power was BNSF 5650 (AC44CW), BNSF 5229 (C44-9W), BNSF 5876(ES44AC.) Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF Dash nines 4501 and 1087 on point of westbound freight Long Lake 3 24 2013
Despite how many times trains are stopped in Long Lake, they also can roar through town in a heartbeat. Here is a westbound freight charges through town on a chilly afternoon. Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF Dash nines 4501 and 1087 ducking under Brown Road with westbound freight Long Lake 3 24 2013
The train as it ducked under the bridge carrying Brown Road over the Highway 12/BNSF corridor. Motive power was BNSF 4501 (C44-9W), BNSF 1087 (C44-9W.) Photo by Tony Held.

BNSF Wayzata sub: Volume three

Stopped eastbound ethanol Wayzata 5 8 2013
Here is an eastbound ethanol job that took the hole on the Long Lake to Wayzata siding on May 8th, 2013. I was only abler to get this shot of the head-end. It had a still in Grinstein-Green SD70MAC (9774) and a Norfolk Southern unit on the point. Photo by Tony Held.
Stopped eastbound ethanol DPU Long Lake 5 8 2013
I had much better luck with the unit on the hind end of the May 8th, 2013, ethanol catch. It was ES44C4 6755. Photo by Tony Held.
Westbound BNSF grain train Long Lake 5 10 2013
Here comes a westbound grain train on May 10th, 2013. I kicked off National Train Day early with this one! Motive power was BNSF 7737 (ES44DC), BNSF 7913(ES44DC), and BNSF 6615 (ES44C4.) Photo by Tony Held.
Westbound BNSF freight Long Lake 5 11 2013
And here is my National Train Day BNSF Wayzata Sub catch! It was a westbound general freight that had BNSF 5191 (C44-9W), BNSF 7649 (ES44DC), and BNSF 9451(SD70MAC) for power. Photo taken by Tony Held on 5-11-2013.
Westbound BNSF freight and signals Long Lake 5 11 2013
A going-away view of the three units as they charge for the green signal on the main track. Photo by Tony Held.
Ex CNW covered hopper and spare whell set flats Long Lake 5 11 2013
This job had an ex-C&NW grain hopper and two flats with sets of wheels in the consist. Photo by Tony Held.
Hind end of westbound BNSF freight Long Lake 5 11 2013
And there my National Train Day catch goes as the main track signal now glows red. Soon it will shut off completely … until the next train is due. Photo by Tony Held.
Stopped eastbound BNSF work train Long Lake 5 15 2013
On May 15th, this maintenance-of-way job rolled into town to unload some ties. I could not get a clear shot of the power due to a time crunch; but you can clearly make out the tie un-loader in the back of the consist. Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF work train unloading ties Long Lake 5 15 2013
The tie un-loader at work on May 15th, 2013, as its operator drops the ties beside the high iron of the Wayzata Sub in Long Lake. Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF work train at Wayzata 5 17 2013
Speaking of maintenance-of-way, this little train operates out of Northtown Yard and is a common visitor to the Wayzata Sub. Here it is stashed in the “yard” at Wayzata that consists of the former Dakota Rail interchange trackage. Note the classic BN hack number 11770; what appears to be another un-loader of some sort; and the “motive power” consisting of a hi-rail semi. Photo taken by Tony Held on May 17th, 2013.
Eastound freight in siding view one Wayzata 5 17 2013
Parked down the way the same evening I bagged the MOW job above was this eastbound general freight parked on the siding starting directly beneath the bridge that connects Highway 12 with County Road 15 in Wayzata. Motive power at the crew’s disposal is a pair of C44-9Ws, 5127 and 4699. Photo by Tony Held.
Eastbound freight in siding view two Wayzata 5 17 2013
Another shot of the motive power on the general freight I bagged in Wayzata on May 17th, 2013. Note how the logo on the nose of the 4699 is “broken” by a replacement front door. Photo by Tony Held.
Stopped eastbound freight Long Lake 5 18 2013
On May 18th, 2013, the BNSF dispatcher halted this eastbound freight right in Long Lake proper on the main track. The lead unit was BNSF; the other two CSX! Photo by Tony Held.
BNSF C44 9W 4936 Long Lake 5 18 2013
Roster shot of the lead unit, C44-9W 4936 …
CSX C40 8 7640 Long Lake 5 18 2013
… the middle unit, CSX C40-8 7640 …
CSX C44 9W 9036 Long Lake 5 18 2013
… and the last unit in the lash-up, CSX C44-9W 9036. (All shots by Tony Held, natch.)
Stopped eastbound freight and tie piles Long Lake 5 18 2013
Incidentally, this train was stopped practically next to the piles of new ties unloaded by that eastbound MOW job I bagged a few days previously. Photo by Tony Held.

Milwaukee Road 261: volume two

261 passing May Street Long Lake June 16th 2008
It is not often you see a steam locomotive from your apartment! Here is the 261 as she runs in reverse as the 2008 BNSF employee appreciation special passes through Long Lake on the BNSF Wayzata sub bound for Minneapolis Junction. This would be my last photo of the engine for a long time. Photo taken by Tony Held on 6-16-2008.
261 rounding curve view one Andover 5 11 2013
The long dry spell ended on a blustery National Train Day 2013 in Andover, Minnesota. As she appeared chugging around a curve south of the Bunker Lake Blvd grade crossing on the BNSF Hinckley Sub, I took my first photo of her since that Monday back in 2008. This and following photos all taken by Tony Held on 5-11-2013.
261 rounding curve Andover view two 5 11 2013
Then I proceeded to take an even better one …
261 approaching Bunker Lake Blvd NW grade crossing Andover 5 11 2013
… then this really cool shot of that classy Milwaukee Road Class S-3 4-8-4 (who looks even better without her Mars light!) …
261 charging up BNSF  Hinckley sub at Bunker Lake Blvd NW Andover 5 11 2013
… then I wound up being like O. Winston Link quite by accident (that’s Amtrak Genesis number 12 behind her by the way) …
Domes and Cedar Rapids crossing Bunker Lake Blvd NW Andover 5 11 2013
… and made sure to catch the Skytop obs “Cedar Rapids” as it brought up the markers with a grand total of four (count ’em, four!) big dome cars ahead of it. Too bad it blurred around the Mars light a little. Note the spectators in the right background.

BNSF Wayzata sub: volume two

Eastbound BNSF oil train taking siding Long Lake 5 4 2013
CSX run-through power can also be regularly found on the BNSF Wayzata sub along with NS units. Here we have an eastbound oil train taking the siding at Long Lake with BNSF 4936 (C44-9W) CSX 7640 (C40-8) for power. Interesting to relate, the crew of this train and that of another eastbound that was clearing the siding as this job pulled in were playing “musical chairs” with a westbound general freight. Photo taken by Tony Held on 5-4-2013.
Westbound and eastbound freights meeting Long Lake 5 4 2013
Here the second eastbound and the westbound pass each other. The former at something akin to a brisk walk; the latter at something akin to a crawl. Luce Line trail crosses bridge in background. Photo taken by Tony Held on 5-4-2013.
BNSF ES44AC 6038 and dash nines 5377 and 4904 with westbound freight  L lk 5 4 2013
The westbound continues to crawl along the main track as the oil train tip-toes into the clear. Motive power is BNSF 6038 (ES44AC), BNSF 5377 (C44-9W), and BNSF 4904 (C44-9W). Photo taken by Tony Held on 5-4-2013.
Westbound freight waiting for eastbound to clear Long Lake 5 4 2013
The westbound comes to a quick stop as the long line of oil cars on the eastbound unit oil (or was it ethanol?) job straggles into the clear as the main track signal glowers red at the hogger on the westbound. Photo taken by Tony Held on 5-4-2013.
Westboud freight with clear signal 5 4 2013
All is clear now with the signal green and switch aligned for the main track again. Soon the westbound hogger will have a wheel into the train again. Photo taken by Tony Held on 5-4-2013.

The 261 On A Sunday Evening

Photo by the author.

 

Once upon a time on a Sunday evening in June, 2008, the uncompleted Highway 12 bypass in Long Lake lay devoid of cars beneath the warm sun as it waited to be tied off at both ends thanks to unstable soil at its western end that dictated a “land bridge” solution money was slow in coming for.

The BNSF had its new alignment of its Wayzata subdivision up and running long before now, though, and darn did the uncompleted bypass make a great place to railfan from, especially now, with North Star Rail’s Alco Class S-3 4-8-4 Milwaukee Road 261 approaching with the westbound BNSF Employee Appreciation Special to Howard Lake and return.

After a westbound freight passed, here she came, beautiful and dramatic as ever.  Out of the photos I took of her that evening, this one is my favorite.  I especially like how I got her smoke plume, one of the westbound signals, and  a bird flying right overhead, all captured in decent light.

Viva the Milwaukee Road 261!   I look forward to taking more such pictures of her when she returns to the rails from her overhaul.