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.
Ore empties head back to the mine for another load.
When NSM received three SD40-3s from Livingston Rebuild Center they traded in a number of older units, including SD18 1228. When the mining railroad experienced a need for extra power LRC loaned t... (more)
As fog rolls in off Lake Superior a sun break shines on empties ready to head back to the mine. This leased unit is scheduled to be returned this month.
654 leads a loaded tailings train through the S curve outside of Silver Bay as it heads to the dump from Silver Bay.
The 11am loads roll past the Toimi ponds with a raw ore train for Silver Bay.
After just cresting the hill in the background the 11am loads start down hill with a raw ore train for Silver Bay. Two and a half weeks after I took this photo Cleveland Cliffs would announce the ... (more)
After dumping it's train of tailings, NSM 653 heads back to Silver Bay and crosses over highway 4.
Dumper job prepares to shove into the shed.
As fog rolls in off Lake Superior a dumper job pulls loaded cars towards the unloading shed.
Rare SD28 1235 acts as the air "pumper" engine as a road train of raw ore is assembled at the mine. The loading silo is in the distance.
One of three former WC/CN SD40-3s acquired by NSM receives some attention at the mining firm's diesel shop at Babbitt.
Another train of waste course tailings heads up to the basin with a blue NSM logo pushing in DPU mode.
An interesting switch stand light matchs the color of the units.