Many tons of raw taconite rock roll along the NSM mainline almost effortlessly as they traverse the curves and grades between the mine at Babbitt and the plant at Silver Bay.
Three sets of dynamics are howling as the 0500 loads twist down the hill into Silver Bay.
North Shore Mining loads head south at Highway 2 for Silver Bay.
Due to recent heavy snow NSM called out their unique looking former Reserve Mining spreader to plow the mainline. Here the plow extra nears Silver Bay.
With the fall colors nearly peak, three NSM units coast downhill into Silver Bay with the 11am loads.
A mere 15 miles off pavement and down a logging road into the woods of northern Minnesota you will come across the Skibo Road crossing at M.P. 43 on the NSM RR. Rumor had it this was the most rem... (more)
Just like clockwork, loads that departed Babbitt Mine at 11 am make their way past Toimi, Mn just over an hour later behind a trio of EMDs.
With a total of 650 axels, a single SD40-3 and two NREX SD40-2's lead the 158 taconite loads from the mine at Babbitt tthrough the colors of a Minnesota forest to the plant at Silver Bay on a perf... (more)
Northshore Mining ran an extra train, complete with a SD18 and SD28 trailing, as seen here near MP 5 approaching Silver Bay MN.
This 79-car train won't encounter any fresh snow today, but if they did I'm sure the four shovels and one switch broom on the nose of 656 would come in handy. After all, this is northeastern Minn... (more)
Loaded taconite train rolls downgrade towards the receiving yard at Silver Bay.