Tailings train thunders through the detector and signals at MP 2.2 as they drop down quite a large hill minutes from Silver Bay.
In my favorite shot of the day, the Fudge Pop twins start the descent on the main part of the grade on Lemon Drop Hill, with their dynamics howling and doing a fine job of holding the 123 cars bac... (more)
The Fudge Pop twins get the highball from the carman and blast out of Palmers heading for the BNSF at Duluth.
I wonder what these units would be saying if they could talk. At least 30 years their senior, NSSR power backs through the crossovers headed back to the barn.
13,2000 horsepower vs 3600 horsepowe... (more)
Accelerating out of the sag, Missabe motors shake the ground as they head to the BNSF.
The 193/316 have plied these rails intermittently for their entire lives. This shot taken from railroad property by an employee. Train winds through downtown Duluth. From this angle, the hogbacks ... (more)
The 193/316 have plied these rails intermittently for their entire lives. Here they are beginning their descent into the middle of the city down the infamous Lemon Drop Hill, dynamics howling to k... (more)
On a shortline railroad crewmembers have to take on different jobs. Normally a section crew would have come through and blown out these switches. Not here in the middle of the frozen tundra. The e... (more)
With the yard at Silver Bay plugged, all the #651 can do today is drop off cars (middle track) and let the ones the CN dropped off (left track) sit another day. They will run light back the the Ba... (more)
In an almost never photographed scene, two NSM employees (Engineer operating air gun) blow out switches at Norshor Junction. Its unfortunate that they have no way to wash their engines.
Tailings thunder by ancient Reserve Mining searchlights, with both engines able to be seen.
Look ma' no trucks! Superliner is jacked up as diligent crews run miles of wire, replace all electrical, and perform body work. Taken with permission, supervision and all PPE.
Where are my clothes? Superliner being rebuilt looks naked without its Amtrak dress. In the foreground is a dummy truck used to ferry all the cars around while their trucks are being rebuilt. Take... (more)
Superliner car being completely rebuilt by the superb forces at Beech Grove. A rare look inside the fortress of Amtraks #1 maintenance facility. Taken with permission, supervision, and all PPE.
Steaming pellets from Minntac gingerly ease around the curve at West Wye bound for Two Harbors.