Access by train/transit:
This day of chasing was between Rice MN and Staples, generally going from south to north, except for a couple down towards the bottom taken on the way back.
Please note, the map below is an 11x17 picture. If printed smaller than this, you probably will not be able to see the detail. It is not finished.
Thanks to Jim Mihalek for taking the pictures and Denver Todd for his help with my railfan guides and suggesting welcome changes to help all ya'll.
Arriving in Staples I am greeted by a train without much time to do anything about it except park and shoot. This one is headed for the coal dock in Superior WI.
No sooner am I back in the car another headlight appears in the west. I have the time to turn around and catch them as they head out of town.
After making the loop to the west end of the yard, the final westbound of the fleet comes through and accelerates past Dower Lake.
The BNSF is planning to double track most, if not
all of this line to better handle the increasing volume of traffic. It looks
as if they have started clearing trees and staking the route for that. It
would have helped to have it now as this short stack train has one engine
down and is only making 30mph coming into Cushing.
I knew this one was coming but it still managed to sneak up on me as I approached the crossing. No doubt as to where we are.
Philbrook is the east end of the double track out of Staples. The old NP style signal mast still stands even though replacements are waiting to take over.
Another one that was closer than I expected, Becker loads ease down to Philbrook to wait on one westbound.
This one, the WB, also features double DPU.
The BNSF is planning to double track most, if not all of this line to better handle the increasing volume of traffic. It looks as if they have started clearing trees and staking the route for that. It would have helped to have it now as this short stack train has one engine down and is only making 30mph coming into Cushing.
Hot on his block is a westbound grain empty at Cushing.
Because close behind is an oil empty at Lincoln (a continuation from the picture below).
This Becker empty was able to get out on the main, and is making a good run at East Lincoln.
Double DPUs are doing their part keeping the speed up.
Along The Way, Heading Home
Heading back home I pass on several westbounds, but this one was "right there" so I stopped and grabbed the shot.
With a forecasted 67 degrees today, I felt compelled to finally make a run up to Staples. The first train encountered was an eastbound oil train at Rice.
And this one as the sun catches it rounding the curve into Rice, on the way home.
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a
thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only
get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take
along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still
better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts
out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their
state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em,
I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and
concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where
tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.
Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
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Last Modified 12-Feb-2017