A rare occurrence found 403 working as the dock switch in Two Harbors. The locomotive is one of only two still remaining in full Missabe paint and lettering. Here it spots vintage Missabe ore cars... (more)
While tunnel motor 404 lurks overhead, the pride of the Missabe's navy, the Edna G, rests at its pier. The steam powered tug was retired in 1981 and is open for tours in the shadow of the docks it... (more)
The SD-M designation came after the Missabe's SD9 and SD18s high short hoods were chopped at the Proctor shops.
Rails to the bay, literally. In the distant past this area of Agate Bay was used by commercial fisherman who launched their large boats using dollies mounted on track, using scrap rail likely laid... (more)
This is where some of the taconite pellets made on Minnesota's Iron Range actually leave Minnesota. The Indiana Harbor takes on a load of taconite pellets at the CN ore dock at Two Harbors on a ni... (more)
The ore carrier Presque Isle is moored between the docks in Two Harbors as an SD40-3 shoves empty cars into the outgoing yard on a cold and blustery spring day. The vessel is waiting for a Coast G... (more)
A trio of light units roll past the first ship of the season, the Cason J. Callaway (also owned by CN). The piles of ore are high and ice will likely hamper the start of this shipping season.
A nice matched set of Bessemer SD40T-3s (904, 903, 906) lead a loaded Minntac ore train downgrade into Two Harbors. There are five B&LE tunnel motors assigned to the former Missabe and getting thr... (more)
A cold sunrise over Lake Superior as a yard crew uses a road set to position empty ore cars towards the outgoing.
After staging and dumping the loads up on the dock, DMIR 407 now shoves the empties up the hill to assemble another full train for the return trip inland to the mines on Minnesota's Iron Range for... (more)
Even though the docks are silent, taconite still moves 24/7 in Two Harbors.
Although delays shadowed in my other shot, its still nice to be able to shoot maroon in 2014, nearly 10 years after the CN takeover.
An empty ore train makes short work of a plow ridge created by the Lake County truck in the distance, which was coming back and sanding the opposite side of the road.
After CN announced that they planned to purchase the DM&IR, local officials decided to run "Safety Specials" for employees and their families. In reality the passenger trips were more like a farew... (more)
Snow cakes the nose of 6252 as it works a dumper job at Two Harbors.