The MNNR sand train is now harder to catch due to its random schedule. Here we see two freshly repainted ex LMS units (shovers) leading the consist back to the MNNR after lengthy delays.
Conductors eyes nearly glaze over as he receives the news that a SB ore train will delay his train's progress out of Two Harbors towards Wales on a cold 1986 night. Behind him the hostler waits fo... (more)
After shipping too much sand for a plant that hasn't been built yet, the once weekly sand trains have become much harder to catch.
Night of the Missabe. Life partners #316 and #193 purr away in the deep night. Soon they will rumble to life to pull coal trains along the North Shore.
Minntac loads howl around the curve into Two Harbors Yard.
Nice looking BCOL cowl spots difco dump cars for Minntac.
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!