It's a -25 degree morning with a wind chill reading of -40 and the crew is hoping they don't have any problems with the train as they roll thru Biwabik heading for Two Harbors with loads of steami... (more)
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.
As snow falls the Proctor Switch with a pair of former Missabe units moves cars into the yard while an empty ore train prepares to depart. Cleaning switches is the "Air Forced 1" truck. Of interes... (more)
The late afternoon sun makes it look warmer than it was. The air temp was -13F when I shot this, the wind-chill far south of that. The B&LE trio are on train U-710 with 133 empties for Minntac. T... (more)
The last raw ore train to load at Evtac's Thunderbird North mine before the operation closed. Fortunately it would reopen at the end of 2003 under new ownership and continues to be a big shipper f... (more)
DMIR 155 and WC 587 work the yard at Trout Lake getting train 43's 46 cars in order before departing for Marquette on a sunny March afternoon. The crew for 43 tied up in Trout Lake at the time and... (more)
DM&IR SD's always seemed to be roaming the WC after all the ore moves started in the 90's. They were fine units and were well maintained. The Hi-nosed SD's added a little variety to the WC's roste... (more)
In the mid-1990s the big U.S. Steel roads swapped a number of units with the Missabe getting SD38s from the B&LE and EJ&E and those roads receiving older DM&IR SD-Ms and SD18/SD9s. The "new" DM&IR... (more)
A DM&IR dock worker uses a "trapping" machine to open the doors on an ore car. The cars contain natural ore from the Auburn Mine. Note the sledge hammer on the front on the machine - this sticky o... (more)
Railroads employed "date nails" to mark the last time ties were replaced. I have only come across these relics on what is now the CN Iron Range Sub and in Two Harbors outside the museum. The most... (more)
Nice trio of tunnel motors ties down their train as the sun gets ready to set on a nice spring day.
Coming back from Two Harbors, the DM&IR 408 takes the siding at Biwabik as they continue northward for Minntac and a reload of these cars.
Rolling east at a steady 30mph near Hannahville the DMIR 315,170,209,312 and 90 loads of Minorca ore are fighting through a fairly heavy Upper Michigan snow squall. Most years these winter only Mi... (more)
DM&IR 408 and crew get a good roll-by from the CN track inspector as they sail though Biwabik at track speed heading for Two Harbors.
A loaded ore train with steaming taconite pellets heads south towards Two Harbors.