The last Missabe painted tunnel motors heads east by the search lights at the west end of Sparta on its way to Two Harbors.
IC SD40-3 6253 teams up with DMIR SD40T-3s 407 and 400 heading back to the docks at Two Harbors with 145 loads of iron ore from Minntac.
BFT empties head towards Iron Junction on the Iron Range Sub.
On a crisp early fall morning, DM&IR 400, B&LE 903 and IC 6256 provide about the only color across the landscape as the leaves haven't started to change much yet.
CN ore cars are finally starting to get a thick coating of taconite dust, which takes away the sheen and imho makes them look better. This picture also shows why the Missabe used maroon!
An IC deathstar takes a Minorca empty through the the brown death of northern Minnesota.
Empty ore train rolls towards Minntac.
The winter that just won't end. Heavy, wet snow continues to fall as DM&IR 406 leads the 145 empties northbound towards U.S. Steel Minntac for loading.
It's almost midnight and a light fog/rain/drizzle mix is in the air as a pair of signals protect the CN Iron Range Sub. at M.P. 66.3. In all types of weather, night or day they do their job.
On a bitterly cold and windy day the last maroon tunnel motors whips up the snow as it charges northward towards Minntac.
Loads from Minntac pass the Keenan switch and get a good roll-by from the crew at Gilbert as they continue to head south back to Two Harbors.
Empties from Two Harbors at Jones on the CN Iron Range Sub. heading for U.S. Steel Minntac to load pellets.
On a -25 degree morning DM&IR 407, 402 and 409 cut thru the fog and frost as they head for Two Harbors with loads of steaming taconite pellets from U.S. Steel Minntac.
A typically colorful lashup common to the former Missabe leads an empty pellet loader north for loading at Minnorca .
Despite the weather, a CN rail gang works on replacing rail on the CN Iron Range Sub between Sparta and Jones. The new rail is in place here and these machines are working on welding, tie plate a... (more)