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10/19/2019
 
 
 
 
 
By:Tony Held
Dates:1/1/2002 - 8/3/2014
Album Info:A collection of train action and other rail scenes from around the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Enjoy!
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Depot Park Sign
Title:  Depot Park Sign
Description:  Note how the old M & St L water tank has become the image of the city logo.
Photo Date:  5/5/2011  Upload Date: 5/7/2011 6:31:43 AM
Location:  Carver, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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No More Tenders To Fill
Title:  No More Tenders To Fill
Description:  The water tank at Carver stands tall while the rusty rails of the Louie forlornly await their fate. Note the earth wall to the left, a reminder of the 2011 flood season.
Photo Date:  5/5/2011  Upload Date: 5/7/2011 6:36:19 AM
Location:  Carver, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Forbidden Fruits
Title:  Forbidden Fruits
Description:  I deliberately worked the "no trespassing" sign into this shot taken, ironically enough, from public property. In this case, the parking lot for the Skate Park located right under Highway 169 at this point. The building with the dumpster is an addition to the old Milwaukee Road depot building.
Photo Date:  6/12/2011  Upload Date: 6/14/2011 8:39:52 AM
Location:  Hopkins, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  RRVW 4105(GP15C) RRVW 2053(GP20C)
Views:  198   Comments: 0
Where The Telegraph Poles End
Title:  Where The Telegraph Poles End
Description:  Telegraph poles line the former Milwaukee Road from the site of Bass Lake Yard in St. Louis Park to down by the former Milwaukee depot in Hopkins, where they end abruptly.
Photo Date:  6/12/2011  Upload Date: 6/14/2011 8:03:44 AM
Location:  Hopkins, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Views:  58   Comments: 0
Stop!
Title:  Stop!
Description:  This sign affixed to a telegraph pole beneath the 169 overpass warns folks on the nearby rail trail to keep off.
Photo Date:  6/12/2011  Upload Date: 6/14/2011 8:04:00 AM
Location:  Hopkins, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Quartet
Title:  Quartet
Description:  A quartet of units -two each from RRV&W and TC&W- sit shut down on the siding on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.
Photo Date:  6/12/2011  Upload Date: 6/14/2011 8:43:22 AM
Location:  Hopkins, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  RRVW 4105(GP15C) RRVW 2053(GP20C) TCWR 2300(GP39-2) TCWR 2301(GP39-2)
Views:  290   Comments: 0
RRVW 4105 and 2053
Title:  RRVW 4105 and 2053
Description:  Another roster view of this duo. These used to be TC&W units before being sent out west. Today they were back on home turf.
Photo Date:  6/12/2011  Upload Date: 6/14/2011 8:48:20 AM
Location:  Hopkins, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  RRVW 4105(GP15C) RRVW 2053(GP20C)
Views:  164   Comments: 0
RRVW 4105 and 2053
Title:  RRVW 4105 and 2053
Description:  Roster view.
Photo Date:  6/12/2011  Upload Date: 6/14/2011 8:51:39 AM
Location:  Hopkins, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  RRVW 4105(GP15C) RRVW 2053(GP20C)
Views:  248   Comments: 0
TCWR 2300 and 2301
Title:  TCWR 2300 and 2301
Description:  Roster view.
Photo Date:  6/12/2011  Upload Date: 6/14/2011 9:10:07 AM
Location:  Hopkins, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  TCWR 2300(GP39-2) TCWR 2301(GP39-2)
Views:  163   Comments: 0
TCWR 2301
Title:  TCWR 2301
Description:  I decided to get a seperate roster view of it because of how it was facing the opposite direction from the three other units in the parked quartet I found by the Hopkins depot.
Photo Date:  6/12/2011  Upload Date: 6/14/2011 9:36:12 AM
Location:  Hopkins, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  TCWR 2301(GP39-2)
Views:  143   Comments: 0
Idling Away
Title:  Idling Away
Description:  Once more the Wayzata siding yields up a catch, in this case an eastbound freight whose lead unit's nose is tucked under the County 15/Highway 12 connection on a rather dull late June Wednesday afternoon.
Photo Date:  6/22/2011  Upload Date: 6/23/2011 1:53:07 PM
Location:  Wayzata, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4788(C44-9W) BNSF 9856(SD70MAC)
Views:  123   Comments: 0
Weedy But Thriving
Title:  Weedy But Thriving
Description:  Looking down towards the bridge over 35W on the ex-MNS High Line, one might jump to the conclusion this line is no better than one run by the old CNW. Wrong! You should see the traffic this line generates.
Photo Date:  6/22/2011  Upload Date: 6/22/2011 6:48:29 PM
Location:  Bloomington, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Looking Towards Lyndale
Title:  Looking Towards Lyndale
Description:  Looking up the PGR High Line towards the Lyndale Avenue grade crossing.
Photo Date:  6/22/2011  Upload Date: 6/23/2011 6:17:45 AM
Location:  Bloomington, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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A Freight House?  Really?
Title:  A Freight House? Really?
Description:  This place is located west of 35W on a rabbits warren of spur tracks wending their way off the old MN&S. Nice to know "freight house" is still an operable term in today's railway world.
Photo Date:  6/22/2011  Upload Date: 6/23/2011 6:26:33 AM
Location:  Bloomington, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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MNS 102!
Title:  MNS 102!
Description:  Roster view of this classy caboose back on home rails since 2001. Nice they got such a secure storage place for it.
Photo Date:  6/22/2011  Upload Date: 6/23/2011 6:26:18 AM
Location:  Bloomington, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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PGR 36
Title:  PGR 36
Description:  Close up shot of this ex-MN&S unit parked at freight house number 7.
Photo Date:  6/22/2011  Upload Date: 6/23/2011 1:48:15 PM
Location:  Bloomington, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  PGR 36(SW1500)
Views:  209   Comments: 0
SW And A Boxcar
Title:  SW And A Boxcar
Description:  Progressive Rail's ex-MN&S SW 1500 sits shut down with a SP boxcar tacked on behind at freight house number 7 beneath unusually cool and cloudy late June skies.
Photo Date:  6/22/2011  Upload Date: 6/23/2011 1:48:32 PM
Location:  Bloomington, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  PGR 36(SW1500)
Views:  199   Comments: 0
Mission Statement
Title:  Mission Statement
Description:  This sign is affixed to the enclosure next to the CAT place off Lyndale that PGR keeps their MN&S caboose in. "Mission before money!" Wish more companies said that.
Photo Date:  6/22/2011  Upload Date: 6/23/2011 6:21:39 AM
Location:  Bloomington, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Hide And Seek
Title:  Hide And Seek
Description:  I had driven down from the parking garage at Bandana Square and parked near the shop building now housing the Kaplan school to dump trash from my Hardee's lunch when my ears caught the unmistakable rumble of a train! Shot didn't come out as clean as I'd wished, but still I caught this lone dash-9 toting a short string of mixed freight cars.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:05:00 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 5469(C44-9W)
Views:  48   Comments: 0
Newbie And Cajon Veteran
Title:  Newbie And Cajon Veteran
Description:  An H-II painted and veteran ex-Santa Fe pair of dash-nines are the motive power at the fingertips of the hogger of this general merchandise job rolling northwest past Bandana Square.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:05:16 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 5300(C44-9W) BNSF 616(C44-9W)
Views:  225   Comments: 0
Just Like On My T-Shirt!
Title:  Just Like On My T-Shirt!
Description:  Behold a classic Milwaukee Road switch stand still intact on the Short Line, just like the one on the blue Milwaukee 261 t-shirt I was wearing on this railfan jaunt.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 11:38:29 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Bad Ordered
Title:  Bad Ordered
Description:  Judging by how there's still coal aboard, this "swoosh" logo gondola got set out bad ordered at Wayzata.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/26/2011 1:29:46 PM
Location:  Wayzata, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Short Line Bridge East End
Title:  Short Line Bridge East End
Description:  We're at the eastern end of a Milwaukee Road landmark: their Short Line bridge over Old Man River in Saint Paul, MN. Since vandals set off fireworks and caused a fire on the span several years ago, security on the bridge was beefed up from the simple sign on the left to the whole getup you see now. It seems to be working.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/26/2011 1:46:52 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Jointed Rails
Title:  Jointed Rails
Description:  Here's a view down the old MN&S as it crosses Glenwood Avenue at the south end of Western Avenue yard. Dig that jointed rail.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/26/2011 1:30:53 PM
Location:  Golden Valley, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Veteran Bridge
Title:  Veteran Bridge
Description:  This bridge over Glenwood Avenue has seen the MN&S pass into the Soo and the Soo into the CP. Been meaning to get a pic, and finally got one.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/26/2011 1:30:06 PM
Location:  Golden Valley, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Thunder On By
Title:  Thunder On By
Description:  A BNSF mixed freight thunders by Bandana Square in this vista from the parking garage.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:16:19 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 5300(C44-9W) BNSF 616(C44-9W)
Views:  198   Comments: 0
I See You
Title:  I See You
Description:  The lone dash 9 toting a short string of freight cars behind it becomes more visible in this going away shot.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:17:59 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 5469(C44-9W)
Views:  49   Comments: 0
Grain Spilt And Sprouting
Title:  Grain Spilt And Sprouting
Description:  Along the Short Line east of the bridge grain that has fallen out of hoppers is all over the place, and even growing, as we can see here.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 11:39:39 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Along The Milwaukee Way
Title:  Along The Milwaukee Way
Description:  The Short Line before it splits at the wye before the bridge. We are looking east-northeast.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 11:48:18 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Midway
Title:  Midway
Description:  BNSF Midway Intermodal yard sign and motive power, the latter of which was beginning to back up in a switching move as I snapped this shot, which was a "take two" of one I'd done a minute earlier that didn't turn out as good.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:18:17 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 1896(SD40-2) BNSF 2716(GP39-2)
Views:  111   Comments: 0
Yard Power Portrait
Title:  Yard Power Portrait
Description:  A portrait of the BNSF Midway Intermodal yard power doing their chores, duties attended to by a crew, apparently, not remote control, despite their being so equipped.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:18:35 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 1896(SD40-2) BNSF 2716(GP39-2)
Views:  137   Comments: 0
NS 8950 Roster View
Title:  NS 8950 Roster View
Description:  Roster shot of this unit.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:35:20 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  NS 8950(C40-9W)
Views:  48   Comments: 0
NS 9649 Roster View
Title:  NS 9649 Roster View
Description:  Roster shot of this unit.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:33:10 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  NS 9649(C40-9W)
Views:  59   Comments: 0
Thuroughbred Visitors
Title:  Thuroughbred Visitors
Description:  At UP's East Minneapolis yard I came across this Norfolk Southern duo.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 12:28:31 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  NS 9649(C40-9W) NS 8950(C40-9W)
Views:  64   Comments: 0
Tattered Switch
Title:  Tattered Switch
Description:  This switch is for the wye east of the Short Line bridge. It and a nearby telephone (?) box have not fared well with local youths.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/27/2011 11:50:37 AM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Walking On The Local Rail Trail?
Title:  Walking On The Local Rail Trail?
Description:  This is not a rail trail this gentleman is walking on. it is the spur track that juts off the ex Milwaukee Road Short Line currently being operated from Merriam Junction to the Southeast Minneapolis grain mills; the exact location of which is where there is a wye down along I-94. While it's true none of us are perfect, the less time spent on active rail lines the better.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/26/2011 8:24:01 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Union Junction
Title:  Union Junction
Description:  A portrait of this connection between the ex-NP and ex-GN lines in the Midway area. Overpass in the background is the U of M transitway.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/26/2011 8:14:45 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Western Avenue Yard
Title:  Western Avenue Yard
Description:  A view of Western Avenue yard looking north from the south end. Bridges in distance carry Highway 55 and related frontage road over the tracks.
Photo Date:  6/25/2011  Upload Date: 6/26/2011 1:30:33 PM
Location:  Golden Valley, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Westward Ho!
Title:  Westward Ho!
Description:  The TCWR 20th anniversary train to Glencoe rolls west after crossing Lyman Blvd on the old Milwaukewe Road.
Photo Date:  7/30/2011  Upload Date: 7/30/2011 1:36:17 PM
Location:  Chanhassen, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  TCWR 4300(GP30C)
Views:  103   Comments: 0
Crossing Lyman Boulevard
Title:  Crossing Lyman Boulevard
Description:  The 20th Anniversary special to Glencoe crosses Lyman Boulevard. The driver on the red car on the right almost didn't make it, slamming on the brakes when finally it was noticed the gates were coming down and backing up a foot to get out of their way! Thank heavens nothing more happened than that. Would have been a crummy way to start the trip.
Photo Date:  7/30/2011  Upload Date: 7/30/2011 2:10:12 PM
Location:  Chanhassen, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  TCWR 2004(GP20C)
Views:  232   Comments: 0
All Aboard!
Title:  All Aboard!
Description:  The 20th Anniversary train boards in downtown Chanhassen while photographers and spectators look on. We are near the grade crossing on Market Blvd, out of view to the left. Who would have thought one day CNW bi-levels would travel along the old Milwaukee Road?
Photo Date:  7/30/2011  Upload Date: 7/30/2011 1:59:34 PM
Location:  Chanhassen, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  TCWR 2004(GP20C)
Views:  139   Comments: 0
Happy 20th Anniversary!
Title:  Happy 20th Anniversary!
Description:  The passenger special to Glencoe celebrating 20th years of the Twin Cities and Western sits beneath a warm late July sky in downtown Chan about to board passengers.
Photo Date:  7/30/2011  Upload Date: 7/30/2011 1:35:52 PM
Location:  Chanhassen, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  TCWR 4300(GP30C)
Views:  214   Comments: 0
Goodbye Chan
Title:  Goodbye Chan
Description:  As a pair of father-son duos savor the moment, the 20th Anniversary train clears Lyman Blvd on its way west.
Photo Date:  7/30/2011  Upload Date: 7/30/2011 2:10:46 PM
Location:  Chanhassen, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  TCWR 4300(GP30C)
Views:  120   Comments: 0
Truck And Train
Title:  Truck And Train
Description:  Parked near the Market Blvd grade crossing in downtown Chan was this TCWR pickup truck. No idea how come it was present for the 20th Anniversary train. Note the photog and onlooker on the sidewalk.
Photo Date:  7/30/2011  Upload Date: 7/30/2011 2:00:04 PM
Location:  Chanhassen, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  TCWR 2004(GP20C)
Views:  223   Comments: 1
"Coon Creek" "Begin CTC"
Title:  "Coon Creek" "Begin CTC"
Description:  A pair of signs and a signal near the switch linking the Staples and Hinckley subs at Coon Creek Junction.
Photo Date:  8/7/2011  Upload Date: 8/7/2011 11:24:25 PM
Location:  Coon Rapids, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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The "Northtown-Pasco"?
Title:  The "Northtown-Pasco"?
Description:  The only "sunny side" train I could find down at Northtown sits beneath the 44th Avenue bridge. This might be the "Northtown-Pasco" job I kept hearing about on the scanner. Certainly has the horses for a long trip up the Staples sub and beyond.
Photo Date:  8/7/2011  Upload Date: 8/7/2011 11:32:48 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 6237(ES44AC) BNSF 8864(SD70MAC)
Views:  154   Comments: 0
Cascade Green In The Lead!
Title:  Cascade Green In The Lead!
Description:  The Superior-Northtown train enters Coon Creek Junction with a BN veteran still working for BNSF, not a leasor. Nice!
Photo Date:  8/7/2011  Upload Date: 8/7/2011 11:38:52 PM
Location:  Coon Rapids, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 1943(SD40-2)
Views:  125   Comments: 0
"Oops!  Lost my shoe!"
Title:  "Oops! Lost my shoe!"
Description:  Well lost a sandal, actually. Traces of a daisy picker trespasser, or railfan, at Coon Creek Junction?
Photo Date:  8/7/2011  Upload Date: 8/7/2011 11:23:39 PM
Location:  Coon Creek, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Long Live The BN!
Title:  Long Live The BN!
Description:  Love these old, dated "no trespassing" signs. This one is near the grade crossing on Foley Blvd.
Photo Date:  8/7/2011  Upload Date: 8/7/2011 11:24:11 PM
Location:  Coon Rapids, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Almost There
Title:  Almost There
Description:  Only a few miles remain ahead of the crew aboard BNSF 1943 as they bring the Superior-Northtown off the Hinckley sub at Coon Creek.
Photo Date:  8/7/2011  Upload Date: 8/7/2011 11:40:10 PM
Location:  Coon Rapids, MN
Author:  Richard Held
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Locomotives:  BNSF 5782(ES44AC) BNSF 1692(SD40-2) BNSF 1943(SD40-2)
Views:  225   Comments: 0


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