NSM's three former GCFX (CN/WC) SD40-3s lead a train of ore empties out of the Lake Superior Basin northwest of Silver Bay. These three were being used while the two leased CREX GEs normally used ... (more)
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.
Two units receive repairs at the NSM shops.
NSM 1235 takes a break from spotting ore loads at the dumper along the shore of Lake Superior.
A lone SD40-3 handles a cut of interchange traffic from Silver Bay to the CN interchange at Norshor Junction.
Close-up view of two CREX GEs being tested by Northshore Mining. EMD SD70ACe units are slated to test later in the year.
Just after sunrise a pair of showroom-fresh GEs pierce shadows as they head for Silver Bay with 156 cars of taconite iron ore. EMD-exclusive NSM has a four-month lease on three of these. EMD SD70A... (more)
Just after sunrise a pair of showroom-fresh GEs lead 156 ore loads through the mosquito breeding grounds of Northeastern Minnesota. EMD-exclusive NSM has a four-month lease on three of these.
A pair of EMDs still in their former Reserve Mining brown and cream paint scheme sandwich a freshly repainted SD9 (1225 - the last SD9 built) as they roll back to Silver Bay with an empty tailings... (more)
Before NSM received three new GE ES44ACs to test this week there was precedent for having tested GEs in the past. Here three borrowed (from sister railroad LTV Steel Mining Company, which had leas... (more)
First run of leased GEs that will test on EMD-exclusive NSM for four months. The third GE, 1204, will be east facing (it was left in Babbitt while these two were wyed). Rare SD28 1234 is trailing.... (more)
Two of three CREX GEs that NSM is leasing head west on their first trip while SD28-3 1234 tags along for the ride. CREX 1204 stayed at Babbitt and will be the east facing unit in this trio.
Having left the mine at Babbitt, MN a few hours ago, the loads of taconite rock are almost to Silver Bay, MN and the processing plant located there.
A tonnage-reduced and very late running 5AM train works east in temps near -10F. A former GCFX SD40-3 leads (one of three on the roster).
Before acquiring 3000 horsepower SD40-3 units NSM tested a few different models. Here three borrowed GEs move empties back to the mine during a test.