CN @853 passes through the small community of Cook, MN (pop 574 or so) as they travel from Canada to points south down the CN Rainy Sub. The large crane in town belongs to Lunda Construction and i... (more)
CN 2853 comes screaming around the bend at track speed with it's mixed freight train in tow and passes through the small town of Orr, MN (pop 267 or so) along the CN Rainy Sub. In the summer mont... (more)
CN 2648 comes screaming around the bend and through the unincorporated community of Angora, MN (pop. 249 or so) as it travels down from Canada on the CN Rainy Sub. A sign on the South Switch bar ... (more)
CN 2839 pulls it's mixed freight up and over the Laurentian Divide as it continues it's southbound journey. The peak of the divide is back at the second power pole and it's where it separates the... (more)
BLE 900 leads it's train back north from Two Harbors to U.S. Steel Minntac to reload with taconite pellets.
Progress. When United Taconite comes back from it's current idle status, the T-Bird trains that serve the mine will have all new signals to look at. Soon to be gone will be the old searchlight st... (more)
The hot taconite pellets mix with the cold Minnesota winter air obscuring the train except for the first few cars as the U-789 rolls through Gilbert on the CN Iron Range Sub.
As the snow comes down on the northern Minnesota landscape the taconite pellets continue to come down as well from the Iron Range to Proctor to Duluth to a steel mill. Here CN 5244 charges southb... (more)
The snow is tapering off as IC 6260 storms south through Biwabik, MN with taconite loads for Two Harbors, MN on a black and white type dreary afternoon.
The snow is tapering off as IC 6255 storms north to load at the west pocket and weigh at the east pocket of U.S. Steel Minntac before returning to Two Harbors under the cold weather operations rul... (more)
Under what is commonly referred to as "Code Blue" skies, CN 6013 works on getting up to track speed after holding for two northbound freights on the CN Missabe Sub. Southbound taconite ... (more)
A taconite train from U.S. Steel Minntac for Proctor, MN on a snowy Sunday afternoon
CN 8898 leads a mixed freight through the woods of northern Minnesota along the CN Rainy Sub for points south.
CN 6013 leads 140 cars of taconite pellets southbound off Minnesota's Iron Range for the yard at Proctor, MN then down the hill to the ore dock at Duluth, MN and ultimately a steel mill once the s... (more)
One hundred forty five classic DMIR ore jennies loaded with taconite pellets made at U.S. Steel Minntac currently southbound on the CN Missabe Sub behind two big GE's heading for Proctor, MN.