The Northtown to Dilworth train with an A-B-A lash up heads west through Big Lake on Good Friday. Talk about a consist!
After dumping 58 cars of limestone at U.S. Steel Minntac, the crusty faded veteran CN 2408 leads the charge back to Proctor, MN.
DMIR 402 heads railroad north into the afternoon sun on the way back from Two Harbors while pulling 140 ore jennies for loading at the Minorca mine facility before returning "home" to Tw... (more)
A loaded limestone train for Minntac departs Proctor while a transfer from Pokegama (Superior, WI) arrives. In the distance a pair of ex-Missabe SD38-2s switch the E-yard while an empty ore train ... (more)
Soo Line 807, one of ten U30Cs owned by the railroad handles some switching at Humboldt Ave. Yard, across the Mississippi from Shoreham. The Dodge cab over pick up might be more rare than the GE a... (more)
And on a snowy afternoon, a trio of Dash 8's hustle an empty limestone train through the same curves.
The new face of the Missabe ore trains looks like this, and I'm still trying to decide whether I like it or not.
20,000 tons of ore pellets descend the 3% grade into Two Harbors with four veteran EMD work horses on the point.
With the snow tapering off, CN 6021 runs north taking the turn on what was the former DM&N, then DMIR and is now the CN Iron Range Sub passing the grade of the former D&IR which was abandoned in 1... (more)
Minnesota Commercial B23-7's 43 and 44 bring the last loaded Bayport job for Anderson Windows through Lake Elmo on a frigid winter day. A few months later, the Commercial sent out light power to f... (more)
As the winter sun dips fast towards the horizon and a few hours after coming by with loads and trailing, NSM 661 now finds itself as the leader heading inland from Lake Superior and the plant back... (more)
The tailings trains drifts back around the S curve at M.P. 6 as they head back to the plant to reload then make the trip back up the grade once again.
The morning loads of taconite rock continue towards the plant while the tailings train waits for them to clear and will wye the train before returning to the plant at Silver Bay.
Day one of the new year and the leader of the morning loads train from the mine down to the plant matches the sky. A good day in the land of sky blue waters.
Milwaukee Road no. 997 heads up a long string of EMD power at Pigs Eye Yard, St. Paul, MN.