The Cloquet Terminal has acquired a "new" MP15DC from ILS and has put the unit in service replacing what was their biggest engine, SW1000 #35, to switch the Sappi fine paper mill.
After serving U.S. Steel Minntac's commercial yard, the Keenan yard job with CN 9671 returns back to it's namesake yard with empty bentonite hoppers and a few gondolas.
With the cold weather seemingly settling in across northern Minnesota, CN has called into service their old DMIR Difco side dumps for limestone service to the U.S. Steel Minntac plant for the wint... (more)
Running on trackage rights over the CN, BNSF 3037 begins the trip home to Kelly Lake after serving the Minorca mine north of Virginia, MN spotting bentonite clay loads and taking empties back wit... (more)
DMIR 403, still wearing the Missabe maroon, looks good in the fresh snow that fell on northern Minnesota earlier in the day. The train will load at U.S. Steel, Minntac before returning to Two Harb... (more)
Some fresh snow, green pines and the red nose of CN make for a nice scene as the CN 2112 hauls taconite bearing rock from the mine load-out down to the plant.
After departing Proctor and coming down Proctor Hill into Duluth with a train of taconite pellets from United Taconite, the Proctor Road Switch crew has run around the train and prepares to shove ... (more)
A welding crew takes some time to stand at a safe distance and give a roll-by to CN 2131 that's just received favorable signals to depart the yard and head back to the mine for taconite bearing ro... (more)
A Keenan yard to International Falls, MN local kicks up some fresh snow as they are at track speed and about 10 minutes into their trip up to the Canadian border.
The orange nose of the BLE really stands out in the white landscape.
Rolling south on the CN Missabe Sub with taconite bearing rock for the United Taconite plant to process.
Leaving the CN Keenan yard with a few tank cars for a local blasting company, IC 9622 still looks bright and fresh in the new snow.
DMIR 400 north fights barely visible signals and snow packed switches as they continue the trek from Two Harbors to U.S. Steel, Minntac to load taconite pellets during the first snow of the season... (more)
Getting a roll-by from a section crew out making sure the switch heaters are working this Q-191 is running north to the Canadian border with containers amid the first snowfall of the season.