On my last day in Chicago we see the largest yard I have seen to date. Humps going in both directions, trains and cars everywhere. I feel sorry for any FNG's!
Another train load full of commuters pounds through West Chicago on a scorching 100+ degree day.
With an unusual wide cab companion, the #2131 brings another load of rock to United Taconite.
Long live the maroon and gold!
In an interesting power shuffle this technical MRF has 146 loads of taconite and 6 units (2 online) as they rumble through Fairlane. 6 units and still 15 mph below track speed. Save fuel ya know.
A million dollars of ore blasts down the hill for Two Harbors with a nice wave from the engineer.
The former C&NW 8565 is right at home hauling crude ore to the mines at United Taconite. Seen here between Wolf and Iron Jct blasting down the main.
The DM&E #6367 was the first engine that engineer Lohrbach ever ran, way back as a child growing up along the DM&E. Fast forward 20 years and here we see Will dragging the CP transfer back to Stin... (more)
Minorca loads blast down the hill with ballast cars from Prindle lurking in the background. Quite the hill here! Neat contrast between old and new cars!
"Normally" Two Harbors consists are flipped every day, lead up one day, trail the next. After seeing the #403 lead on Sunday, I held out no hope of shooting her today. But lo and behold for some r... (more)
BLE 904 strains to hold back 135 loads of taconite as she races the sun down the Minntac Sub heading for Two Harbors.
Q196 heads south with most of the CN's Executive Fleet. Not only were the cars spotless but the IC #101 was running! Isolated but still neat.
The Missabe was always known for having very well maintained rail and ballast. After the CN takeover, things went downhill. Just a few weeks ago an engineer remarked that he was amazed the Missabe... (more)
K-Mad snags his shot as the WN slowly rolls towards town.
More likea shortline than a tourist railroad, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is seen here bringing 123 of its 1200+ coal cars back out of storage.