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Aaron Barthel's Collection
 
7/23/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Aaron Barthel
Dates:1/1/2008 - 12/31/2008
Album Info:This album contains photos of various trackwork projects on BNSF's Staples Sub.
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Pre-Made Switch
Title:  Pre-Made Switch
Description:  This pre-made switch appeared around July or August of 2006, not long after BNSF rebuilt the Procter Ave. crossing in the background.
Photo Date:  1/13/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 9:27:05 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Switch Panel
Title:  Switch Panel
Description:  Here's one of the two switch panels that were on the ground at Big Lake.
Photo Date:  4/20/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 9:33:43 PM
Location:  Big Lake, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Another Switch Panel
Title:  Another Switch Panel
Description:  Here's the other switch panel at Big Lake.
Photo Date:  4/20/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 9:36:17 PM
Location:  Big Lake, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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New Rail
Title:  New Rail
Description:  These two sections of rail appeared sometime within the last week. The first section, the one in the foreground, is about 136 Feet long. The second one, farther back, is about 115 Feet long. The two sections are actually made up of several sections of rail, which at this point weren't welded together yet.
Photo Date:  5/21/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 9:44:45 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Info
Title:  Info
Description:  Some info written on the top of rail. The two sections of rail were sitting at MP 42.3 or so.
Photo Date:  5/21/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 9:52:01 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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New Rail
Title:  New Rail
Description:  Here's a closer look at the second section of rail. This section is made up of four smaller pieces of rail.
Photo Date:  5/21/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 9:56:21 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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115 LB. Rail
Title:  115 LB. Rail
Description:  Main 1 on the Staples Sub, atleast through the Elk River area, is made up of 115 LB. rail. Seems kinda light, considering the amount of traffic that runs through here.
Photo Date:  5/21/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 10:01:56 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Close Up
Title:  Close Up
Description:  A closer view of where two sections of rail meet. The whole was dug to allow for welding to take place.
Photo Date:  5/21/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 10:08:31 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Gone
Title:  Gone
Description:  The pre-made switch panel, which was sitting here since the summer of 2006, is now gone. Not sure where it ended up.
Photo Date:  5/21/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 9:40:12 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Welded Up
Title:  Welded Up
Description:  Just a day later, the two sections of rail are all welded up. Chemetron used their mobile welding truck to do the job.
Photo Date:  5/22/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 10:14:06 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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The Weld
Title:  The Weld
Description:  A closer look at the weld.
Photo Date:  5/22/2008  Upload Date: 5/23/2008 10:21:11 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Anoka Crossovers
Title:  Anoka Crossovers
Description:  Here are 2 of the 4 crossovers that BNSF will be cutting in at MP29 on the Staples Sub. BNSF will cut these crossovers in on the 27th and 28th, during the 30 hour work window.
Photo Date:  5/23/2008  Upload Date: 5/25/2008 2:33:33 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
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Crossover
Title:  Crossover
Description:  A closer view of the 3rd crossover.
Photo Date:  5/23/2008  Upload Date: 5/25/2008 2:42:28 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Signal Materials
Title:  Signal Materials
Description:  Awaiting installation are several pieces of signal equipment.
Photo Date:  5/23/2008  Upload Date: 5/25/2008 2:45:43 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
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Overview
Title:  Overview
Description:  A general overview of the crossover site in Anoka.
Photo Date:  5/23/2008  Upload Date: 5/25/2008 2:50:31 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Geismar Machine
Title:  Geismar Machine
Description:  This interesting machine is made by a French company by the name of Geismar. Its purpose is to pick the crossover up and move it from side to side. The two outside arms are extended into the ground, which lifts the crossover off the ground. The center module then moves to the right, and the two outside arms are retracted, which sets the crossover on the ground again. The outside arms are repositioned, and the process starts all over.
Photo Date:  5/23/2008  Upload Date: 5/25/2008 2:55:19 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
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Ready To Go
Title:  Ready To Go
Description:  Here all 6 machines are ready to go. It'll be a few days yet before they see some service.
Photo Date:  5/23/2008  Upload Date: 5/25/2008 3:07:20 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Views:  189   Comments: 0
Detail
Title:  Detail
Description:  You can see here how the crossover has been moved to the right alittle.
Photo Date:  5/23/2008  Upload Date: 5/25/2008 3:10:02 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
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Views:  154   Comments: 0
New Ties
Title:  New Ties
Description:  New ties laid out at MP 40. These were replaced in early June.
Photo Date:  5/25/2008  Upload Date: 7/8/2008 1:07:49 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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New Ties
Title:  New Ties
Description:  Another look at the new ties awaiting replacement.
Photo Date:  5/25/2008  Upload Date: 7/8/2008 1:09:03 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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The Old Rail
Title:  The Old Rail
Description:  Here's the old rail that was replaced aroun MP 43.
Photo Date:  5/28/2008  Upload Date: 7/8/2008 1:13:55 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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A Closer Look
Title:  A Closer Look
Description:  A closer look at the old rail.
Photo Date:  5/28/2008  Upload Date: 7/8/2008 1:15:07 PM
Location:  Elk River, MN
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Platform Track
Title:  Platform Track
Description:  View of the platform track for the Big Lake station, prior to surfacing
Photo Date:  6/13/2008  Upload Date: 7/27/2008 4:17:18 PM
Location:  Big Lake, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Switch
Title:  Switch
Description:  A view of the switch that leads to the Staples Sub
Photo Date:  6/13/2008  Upload Date: 7/27/2008 4:23:59 PM
Location:  Big Lake, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Main Line Switch
Title:  Main Line Switch
Description:  A look at the switch on Main 2 that leads to the plaform track, prior to surfacing
Photo Date:  6/13/2008  Upload Date: 7/27/2008 4:27:03 PM
Location:  Big Lake, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Surfaced
Title:  Surfaced
Description:  A few days later the switch from the platform track to Main 2 is surfaced.
Photo Date:  6/16/2008  Upload Date: 7/27/2008 4:33:37 PM
Location:  Big Lake, MN
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Signal Mast
Title:  Signal Mast
Description:  One of the signal masts on the west end of the crossovers at Anoka.
Photo Date:  6/21/2008  Upload Date: 7/8/2008 1:25:23 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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The New Crossovers
Title:  The New Crossovers
Description:  A shot from the west end of the new crossovers at Anoka.
Photo Date:  6/21/2008  Upload Date: 7/8/2008 1:19:46 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
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Views:  130   Comments: 0
A Wider View
Title:  A Wider View
Description:  A wider view of the crossovers at Anoka includes the new signal masts.
Photo Date:  6/21/2008  Upload Date: 7/8/2008 1:23:08 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Signal Buildings
Title:  Signal Buildings
Description:  Some signal buildings sitting near the crossovers.
Photo Date:  6/21/2008  Upload Date: 7/8/2008 1:27:18 PM
Location:  Anoka, MN
Author:  Aaron Barthel
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Views:  102   Comments: 0


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