This weekend CN completed the reconfiguration of the interlocking plant at Collingwood (West Duluth). Lost in the upgrade were switches that provided a crossover back when Proctor Hill was double ... (more)
Looking very fresh, as if someone put a power-washer to good use, the BLE #904 heads up the Proctor Road Switch as they notch up to tackle 5 miles of 2.2% grade back to Proctor with 48 loaded side... (more)
Power off of an ore train holds in the clear as a CN plow extra prepares to wing back snow on the hill.
A Proctor Roadswitch crew has run around their train and will couple up and shove the loads out to the ore dock for dumping.
A loaded ore train with cars equipped with traditional friction bearing trucks and steel brake shoes creates a smoke cloud as it nears the base of the 2.2% grade of Proctor Hill near the Duluth or... (more)
After coming down the hill from Proctor with 144 loads of taconite pellets, the crew has run around the train and tied back on so the conductor and his partner make the walk back to the dock while... (more)
A 4-pack of CN power pull a short 18 car limestone train up Proctor hill.
Nine years ago today (May 10, 2004) CN purchased Great Lakes Transportation (DM&IR/B&LE). How I remember the Missabe from my younger years is reflected in this image of two high hood SDs going all... (more)
A classic example of a broken coupler that sidelined this SD40-3, forcing it to be set-out for repairs.
An ore train eases towards the ore dock after another wet snowfall.
Heavy snow hangs from the code line as an empty ore train begins its assault on Proctor Hill from the dock in Duluth.
A trio of veteran EMDs ease ore loads down Proctor Hill towards Dock 6.
As the Proctor Roadswitch prepares to head back to its namesake with empties the Dock Switch has coupled onto loads and will shove them to the ore dock for dumping.
In a fairly unusual move the Proctor Road Switch is crossing over with empties when they normally would be pulling off of the track they are entering. CN is keeping a switch engine around the dock... (more)
Nowhere to go but up, the grade that is--to Proctor. DMIR SD40-3 begins the climb with empties in tow.