Change on the Range. CN is in the process of replacing its fleet of EMD units assigned to the former DM&IR with C40-8s of C&NW heritage. The first loaded train from Minntac to Two Harbors to be po... (more)
CN 2119 takes the switch into the Fairlane taconite plant with loads of rock from the mine.
After tying onto the string of empties and the air test, DMIR 403 departs Proctor yard for United Taconite's Fairlane facility to load.
After throwing the switches, the all EMD consist led by DMIR 402 comes into Proctor and will yard the train and cut off said power and tie down.
CNW SW1200 1217 gets added tractive effort from BU10 while handling switching chores at Cedar Lake Yard, Minneapolis, MN. BU10 started life as CNW 1266, an Alco S-3 switch engine.
Amtrak's Arrowhead from Duluth-Superior crosses the Mississippi River on the former NP bridge north of the Minneapolis station behind E8 no. 332. This unit was CB&Q 9940B, then BN 9933 before Amtr... (more)
Following a T-Bird train carrying loads of taconite bearing rock and a empty limestone train from the Minntac plant DMIR 409 completes the cycle with it's train of finished product, the taconite p... (more)
Taking favorable signals at Fairlane, DMIR 409 gets up to track speed with it's train of marbles. They will cruise along for a 15 miles or so before taking the siding further down at Kelsey for a ... (more)
CN 2004 heads south after delivering limestone to U.S. Steel's Minntac plant and rolls past a parked CN freight along the double track portion of the CN Missabe Sub.
DMIR 402 slows to a crawl as they approach Proctor Jct. and the end of the line at Proctor yard for this train.
DMIR 402 thunders along with its train of steaming pellets and will shortly pass the Missabe era Saginaw depot which is surprisingly still standing trackside.
IC 9622 leads a short train from Keenan yard heading to switch loads for empties at Dyno Noble, a business that serves the taconite mines for their blasting needs, a cold February morning.