It is hard to beat a beautiful fall day in Minnesota and what better way to spend it by riding in an open gondola.
A 30-car tailings train with an SD40-3 on either end (you can see the other unit between the cars on the right) prepares to ease under the loadout at Silver Bay.
Fill'er Up. Two leased GEs take on fuel at Northshore Mining's Silver Bay yard prior to taking 131 empty ore cars back to the mine at Babbitt.
Two units receive repairs at the NSM shops.
The evening shift starts at Rice's Point.
A blue BC Rail leader brings a string of cars from Pokegama into Proctor.
Roster shot of NW2 Hallett 12. This unit works for Hallett Dock Co. in Duluth, MN and continues to work the dock on a daily basis moving cars for bulk commodities loading.
Roster shot of SW1200 Hallett 11. This unit started in 1949 on the C&O, then to the EJ&E, then to the DM&IR, then to CN when it was retired in 2006. It was acquired by Hallett Dock Co. in Duluth,... (more)
Five F-units head back to Superior with their caboose after having delivered a loaded grain train to Duluth.
NSM 1235 takes a break from spotting ore loads at the dumper along the shore of Lake Superior.
The warm glow from a yard light at Northshore Mining's Babbitt facility illuminates two leased CREX GEs as they prepare for a pre-dawn departure for Silver Bay with 156 cars of iron ore.
A perfect fall sunset punctuated by a passing train.
CP 9733, a repainted and now Beaverless AC4400CW trails the typical kind on a westbound train 499 at the Pioneer Trail crossing just east of Loretto.
Grain empties roll West along the River with a CSX SD40-2 leading the charge.
BNSF has been leasing these former IAIS geeps for several months now, usually working out of Northtown. They're seen trying to pull 110 cars to Willmar where they'll be swapped out for more tradi... (more)