As the first light breaks a limestone train runs around a rail train towards Proctor.
The Missabe was a proud railroad, as evidenced in this 1996 scene as the machinist and hostler take a break to pose for a picture as they prepare the #193 for shipment to the WC.
MNNR sand train howls into St. Paul Yard towards a wrong switch. Helpers can be seen in the distance.
After a long day of spotting bad orders at Minorca, this limestone train makes a run for Proctor with a dirty British Columbia On Line leading.
It might not seem like it because of its CN dress, but the DMIR #406 has been on Missabe property for 16 years already.
5 years ago the hold maroon had on the Missabe was dealt a death blow by former IC SD40-3's arriving on property. No complaining now, but it sure is different.
4 SD40u's hold back a loaded taconite train as they descend Proctor Hill. Former DM&N shops can be seen in the distance.
Boy does that maroon look good at night!
Soo in your face! Transfer heads back to Stinson Yard with big power.
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.