Fresh swoosh leads the Brainerd out of Superior on the last day in February.
Quad set of '40s slowly work their way out of Proctor Yard as steaming pellets arrive to the left and two former Missabe SD38-2's switch the manifest yard to the right.
Ore loads catch some sun between thunderstorms.
After heavy thunderstorms rolled through the Twin Ports the afternoon Proctor Roadswitch rolls to pick up a cut of ore cars at Lakehead while passing under the abandoned approach to Dock 5.
Steaming pellet loads out of the Minnorca plant are entering the Missabe Sub at the Junction here at Wolf.
Now that is the place to live overlooking the Iron Range Sub watching ore trains roll past...
Ore train on the dock and a limestone train with B&LE units on the left while a BNSF coal train dumps across the bay.
A loaded T-Bird passes by an empty taconite train on a sub-zero January morning.
A short 82-car train of ore from Minntac eases down the 2.9% grade into Two Harbors on a snowy Saturday.
As light snow falls Missabe 404 and an IC SD40-3 ease downgrade into Two Harbors with a short 82-car train of ore.
Taken from a crossing, one of only 2 Missabe tunnel motors to receive a plow slowly pulls out its T-Bird train from the loadout. Looks like those ore cars have been there for awhile.
The final shot of the last train we would see on the Iron Range on our spectacular railfan adventure. The day was shared with fellow friend and railfan Christopher Muller.
Limestone empties begin to overtake a raw taconite train as both head south.
While it is nice to shoot clean locomotives in the sun, it pains me to be shooting noodles instead of Maroon and Gold.