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Mitch Wahlsten's Collection
 
6/28/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Mitch Wahlsten
Dates:1/1/2003 - 12/31/2010
Album Info:Pictures taken along BNSF's Brainerd Subdivision, which runs 119 miles from Staples to Chub Lake in central and eastern Minnesota.
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Brainerd Local Street Running
Title:  Brainerd Local Street Running
Description:  The Brainerd Local has finished up its work at (what was then) the Potlatch paper mill and is about to head down First Avenue NE in order to get back onto the main track out of town. The date is an educated guess and may not be correct.
Photo Date:  5/29/1992  Upload Date: 5/19/2007 4:11:05 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
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Locomotives:  BN 2343(GP38-2)
Views:  466   Comments: 0
Brainerd Local Street Running
Title:  Brainerd Local Street Running
Description:  The Brainerd Local has finished up its work at (what was then) the Potlatch paper mill and is heading down First Avenue NE in order to get back onto the main track out of town. The date is an educated guess and may not be correct.
Photo Date:  5/29/1992  Upload Date: 5/19/2007 4:11:06 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives: 
Views:  401   Comments: 1
Siding
Title:  Siding
Description:  Loerch is one of four sidings on the dark territory Brainerd sub with automatic "push button" switches. The Loerch siding is located about 6 miles east of Brainerd and is used quite frequently.
Photo Date:  4/10/2004  Upload Date: 5/27/2006 2:33:42 PM
Location:  Loerch, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  198   Comments: 0
BNSF 8297
Title:  BNSF 8297
Description:  A westbound empty coal train moves on past the yard in Brainerd
Photo Date:  5/15/2005  Upload Date: 5/27/2006 2:18:58 PM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
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Locomotives:  BNSF 8297(SD75I)
Views:  327   Comments: 0
BN 1511
Title:  BN 1511
Description:  After running out of time, the crew on the Brainerd local was forced to park their train in Brainerd overnight. A clocktower at the former Northern Pacific shops can be seen in the background. At the time this photo was taken, this locomotive was still lettered BN; it has since recieved BNSF stenciling.
Photo Date:  5/16/2005  Upload Date: 5/27/2006 2:19:42 PM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BN 1511(GP28M)
Views:  335   Comments: 2
Siding
Title:  Siding
Description:  Kimberly is one of four sidings on the dark territory Brainerd sub with automatic "push button" switches. The Kimberly siding is located about 8 miles west of McGregor and is used quite frequently.
Photo Date:  5/22/2005  Upload Date: 5/27/2006 2:34:01 PM
Location:  Kimberly, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  187   Comments: 0
BN 9713
Title:  BN 9713
Description:  An empty coal train passes the historic (but no longer operational) water tower in downtown Brainerd
Photo Date:  8/13/2005  Upload Date: 5/27/2006 2:17:10 PM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BN 9713(SD70MAC)
Views:  260   Comments: 1
Depot
Title:  Depot
Description:  The former Northern Pacific depot in Aitkin is now a museum operated by the Aitkin County Historical Society. The train racing by the in the background is the thrice weekly Brainerd Local.
Photo Date:  1/2/2006  Upload Date: 5/27/2006 2:51:04 PM
Location:  Aitkin, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories:  Station
Locomotives: 
Views:  256   Comments: 0
BNSF 5611
Title:  BNSF 5611
Description:  An empty coal train with a locomotive on each end passes west through Brainerd. The city's historic water tower, "Paul Bunyan's flashlight," is in the background.
Photo Date:  3/19/2006  Upload Date: 6/8/2006 7:07:36 PM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 5611(AC44CW)
Views:  315   Comments: 1
BNSF 9293
Title:  BNSF 9293
Description:  In a scene straight out of 1992 or 1993...a dual-window SD60M leads an empty coal train west through Brainerd. The stucture in the background is the city's historical water tower, otherwise known as "Paul Bunyan's flashlight."
Photo Date:  4/14/2006  Upload Date: 5/27/2006 2:20:12 PM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9293(SD60M)
Views:  407   Comments: 1
BNSF 8276
Title:  BNSF 8276
Description:  A westbound train of coal cars going back to the mine cruises through Motley
Photo Date:  5/26/2006  Upload Date: 5/27/2006 1:56:56 PM
Location:  Motley, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 8276(SD75I)
Views:  300   Comments: 1
BNSF 1537 Street Running
Title:  BNSF 1537 Street Running
Description:  In a classic scene in Brainerd, the thrice-weekly Brainerd Local takes a run down First Avenue NE on its way to the city's paper mill
Photo Date:  6/2/2006  Upload Date: 6/6/2006 5:54:17 PM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 1537(GP28M)
Views:  443   Comments: 4
BNSF 8238
Title:  BNSF 8238
Description:  A coal train heading to Superior, WI passes along the curve in Brainerd
Photo Date:  6/3/2006  Upload Date: 6/6/2006 5:51:00 PM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 8238(SD75M)
Views:  212   Comments: 3
BNSF 9372
Title:  BNSF 9372
Description:  A brand new BNSF SD70ACe heads past Brainerd's historic water tower on its way west
Photo Date:  6/24/2006  Upload Date: 6/24/2006 8:36:13 PM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9372(SD70ACe)
Views:  335   Comments: 0
BNSF 9243
Title:  BNSF 9243
Description:  An ex-BN "triclops" leads a coal train east over the Mississippi River bridge at MP 119.1
Photo Date:  7/4/2006  Upload Date: 7/10/2006 3:56:53 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9243(SD60M)
Views:  185   Comments: 0
BNSF 9265
Title:  BNSF 9265
Description:  Two ex-BN SD60Ms lead 6 other EMD locomotives over the Gull River east of Pillager
Photo Date:  7/8/2006  Upload Date: 7/10/2006 3:57:43 AM
Location:  Pillager, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9265(SD60M) BNSF 9203(SD60M)
Views:  443   Comments: 1
BNSF 5904
Title:  BNSF 5904
Description:  Pillager's existence as a station dangles in the wind as a Superior, WI bound coal train passes through
Photo Date:  1/8/2007  Upload Date: 2/9/2007 9:42:27 PM
Location:  Pillager, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 5904(ES44AC)
Views:  176   Comments: 0
BNSF 5769
Title:  BNSF 5769
Description:  The crew on this empty coal train has signal indication onto the Staples Subdivision just down the tracks and only minutes of daylight left as they pass through a curve east of Staples.
Photo Date:  3/9/2007  Upload Date: 3/11/2007 7:27:03 PM
Location:  Staples, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 5769(ES44AC)
Views:  182   Comments: 0
BNSF 9217
Title:  BNSF 9217
Description:  A couple regulars on Superior, WI bound coal trains take this train past the County Road 111 crossing to the east of Deerwood.
Photo Date:  3/10/2007  Upload Date: 3/11/2007 7:27:02 PM
Location:  Deerwood, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9217(SD60M) EMDX 9037(SD60)
Views:  215   Comments: 0
BNSF 9204
Title:  BNSF 9204
Description:  I don't know if it was just a strange coincidence or somebody having fun in Superior, but this all-green consist was nice to see on St. Patrick's Day. This train stopped on the main at Kimberly to wait until some broken rail could be repaired up ahead in Aitkin.
Photo Date:  3/17/2007  Upload Date: 5/19/2007 4:11:07 AM
Location:  Kimberly, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9204(SD60M)
Views:  167   Comments: 0
BNSF 6053
Title:  BNSF 6053
Description:  An empty coal train from Superior, WI cuts through the forest west of Baxter as it continues westward. Sibling BNSF 6108, an identical ES44AC, was a DPU on the rear of this train.
Photo Date:  5/12/2007  Upload Date: 5/19/2007 4:11:02 AM
Location:  Baxter, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 6053(ES44AC)
Views:  184   Comments: 0
BNSF 9231
Title:  BNSF 9231
Description:  A triclops leads the way as an empty coal train rounds a curve just to the west of Baxter.
Photo Date:  5/17/2007  Upload Date: 6/6/2007 7:39:22 AM
Location:  Baxter, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9231(SD60M)
Views:  155   Comments: 0
BNSF 2366
Title:  BNSF 2366
Description:  The Brainerd Local has some non-cascade green power for a change and proceeds west over the bridge that the Northern Pacific built to cross the Mississippi River.
Photo Date:  6/4/2007  Upload Date: 6/6/2007 7:39:21 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 2366(GP38-2) BNSF 2431(GP30u)
Views:  305   Comments: 1
BNSF 8210
Title:  BNSF 8210
Description:  A coal train cuts through the boggy forest west of McGregor on its way east. Although much of the old jointed rail on the Brainerd Subdivision has been or will be replaced, the jointed rail in this area looks like it will live to see at least another year of service.
Photo Date:  6/8/2007  Upload Date: 6/12/2007 11:33:39 AM
Location:  McGregor, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 8210(SD75M) BNSF 9231(SD60M)
Views:  206   Comments: 0
BNSF 9381
Title:  BNSF 9381
Description:  http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=199999
Photo Date:  9/3/2007  Upload Date: 9/4/2007 11:51:30 PM
Location:  Pillager, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9381(SD70ACe) CITX 142(SD70M-2)
Views:  317   Comments: 2
BNSF 8864
Title:  BNSF 8864
Description:  An empty coal train taking the seldom used route from Cohasset, MN to the mines blows up a little bit of freshly fallen snow as it comes across the Mississippi River bridge in Brainerd. With about 12 inches of snow on the ground and a temperature at the time of 12F, it certainly was a beautiful Christmas Eve.
Photo Date:  12/24/2007  Upload Date: 7/18/2008 3:38:28 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 8864(SD70MAC)
Views:  143   Comments: 1
BNSF 8108
Title:  BNSF 8108
Description:  The ex-BN 9208 and two Oakway SD60s pull a coal train east through Motley at the site of an ugly collision and derailment a few months ago. The lead SD60M on this train should hold a special place in the hearts of Burlington Northern fans, as it was the last ex-BN SD60M to avoid getting a BNSF patch. Fate finally caught up to it, however, in November 2007, when it was was transformed from the BN 9208 into the BNSF 8108.
Photo Date:  3/9/2008  Upload Date: 7/18/2008 3:55:06 AM
Location:  Motley, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  EMDX 9080(SD60) BNSF 8108(SD60M)
Views:  307   Comments: 1
BNSF 115
Title:  BNSF 115
Description:  BNSF's Employee Special is on the last leg of its round-trip journey between Brainerd and Staples, Minnesota as it crosses over the former Northern Pacific bridge over the Mississippi River in Brainerd.
Photo Date:  6/19/2008  Upload Date: 7/19/2008 4:56:04 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories:  Bridge
Locomotives:  BNSF 115(GP60M)
Views:  199   Comments: 1
BNSF 515
Title:  BNSF 515
Description:  The rear end of BNSF's Employee Special is on the last leg of its round-trip journey between Brainerd and Staples, Minnesota as it crosses over the former Northern Pacific bridge over the Mississippi River in Brainerd.
Photo Date:  6/19/2008  Upload Date: 7/19/2008 4:56:03 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories:  Bridge
Locomotives:  BNSF 515(B40-8W)
Views:  557   Comments: 6
BNSF 515
Title:  BNSF 515
Description:  On its second run of the day, BNSF's Employee Special from Brainerd, Minnesota rounds the curve coming into Motley, Minnesota as it continues to head west toward Staples, Minnesota. It's been nearly 40 years since this line last saw regular passenger service.
Photo Date:  6/19/2008  Upload Date: 7/19/2008 4:56:05 AM
Location:  Motley, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 515(B40-8W)
Views:  147   Comments: 0
BNSF 515
Title:  BNSF 515
Description:  BNSF's Employee Special passes over the Gull River outside of Pillager, Minnesota as it continues west with a full load of passengers enjoying a ride between Brainerd and Staples, Minnesota.
Photo Date:  6/19/2008  Upload Date: 7/19/2008 4:56:06 AM
Location:  Pillager, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 515(B40-8W)
Views:  150   Comments: 1
BNSF 9542
Title:  BNSF 9542
Description:  An empty coal train partly in Brainerd, Minnesota and partly in Baxter, Minnesota continues west into the light of a pleasant July evening. Brainerd's tallest building and sole "skyscraper," the North Star Apartment complex, can be seen in the background.
Photo Date:  7/13/2008  Upload Date: 7/19/2008 4:56:03 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9542(SD70MAC)
Views:  189   Comments: 3
Brainerd Local Street Running
Title:  Brainerd Local Street Running
Description:  The Brainerd Local makes a routine run up First Avenue Northeast in Brainerd, Minnesota about to deliver 5 boxcars to the local paper mill.
Photo Date:  7/14/2008  Upload Date: 7/19/2008 4:56:06 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 1539(GP28M)
Views:  248   Comments: 2
BNSF 9914
Title:  BNSF 9914
Description:  Westbound coal empties start down the curve in the tracks that leads to the Mississippi River bridge. Downtown Brainerd, Minnesota's historic water tower is evident on the left.
Photo Date:  7/14/2008  Upload Date: 7/19/2008 4:56:02 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 9914(SD70MAC)
Views:  125   Comments: 0
BNSF 8932
Title:  BNSF 8932
Description:  An empty coal train cruises over the Mississippi River bridge in Brainerd. Many thanks to BNSF for recently cleaning up the graffiti on the side of the bridge!
Photo Date:  7/29/2008  Upload Date: 8/11/2008 4:52:09 AM
Location:  Brainerd, MN
Author:  Mitch Wahlsten
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 8932(SD70MAC) BNSF 9483(SD70MAC)
Views:  214   Comments: 2


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