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.
Another train of waste course tailings heads up to the basin with a blue NSM logo pushing in DPU mode.
Having run the complete 47 mile NSM mainline with tailings ( fine waste rock from the taconite production process) for the mine haul roads, NSM 651 heads back to Silver Bay and is just outside Bab... (more)
The crew rounds the bend in front of "Railfan Rock" along the NSM mainline and hurries back to the plant after dumping the waste tailings at the basin.
Tailings train thunders through the detector and signals at MP 2.2 as they drop down quite a large hill minutes from Silver Bay.
After having to clear snow from switches to get into the yard, delivering their commercial interchange traffic for CN and looking over their newly delivered locomotive, the crew rides off into th... (more)
On a shortline railroad crewmembers have to take on different jobs. Normally a section crew would have come through and blown out these switches. Not here in the middle of the frozen tundra. The e... (more)
The crew with the NSM 651 uses some air from the loco to blow out switches at their small interchange yard they share with CN. When you run a small railroad operation you do what you have to to m... (more)
With the yard at Silver Bay plugged, all the #651 can do today is drop off cars (middle track) and let the ones the CN dropped off (left track) sit another day. They will run light back the the Ba... (more)
In an almost never photographed scene, two NSM employees (Engineer operating air gun) blow out switches at Norshor Junction. Its unfortunate that they have no way to wash their engines.
The loads of taconite rock from Babbitt come around the mountain when they come. They were running about a half hour late today but the weather made it easy to sit and wait.
Three blue units lead 156 cars of ore towards Silver Bay on a pristine late spring morning.
Three blue units lead 156 cars or ore towards Silver Bay on a pristine late spring morning.
With only the last few miles to go the crew aboard the noon loads eases their train past the jct. for the tailings basin and proceeds to Silver Bay with more taconite rock.
The noon loads consisting of three SD40-3's and 156 cars of taconite rock make their way from the mine in Babbitt to the plant in SIlver Bay on a great spring day. The detector chimed in with the... (more)