145 loads of ore pass alongside Highland Lake en route to Two Harbors, Minn., from Minntac in Mount Iron, Minn., under the lead power of four Canadian National EMDs.
This tie was last replaced in 1962. The date nail tells the story. This is one rugged hunk of wood, bearing 54 Minnesota winters.
Railroads employed "date nails" to mark the last time ties were replaced. I have only come across these relics on what is now the CN Iron Range Sub and in Two Harbors outside the museum. The most... (more)
Waiting for over an hour without a peep out of the scanner--finally a squawk. But no ore train just a local headed to North Wales, then Biwabik.
The orange nose of B&LE 904 blends in nicely to the all fall color of northern Minnesota.
DM&IR leads loads from Minntac around the curve at Highland Lake where this crew will die on hours. A new crew is called and will take the train over the scale and begin the decent down to Two Ha... (more)
The old crew gets off and the new crew prepares to get on to take the new CN/DMIR ore cars loaded with Minntac iron ore pellets over the scale at Highland to weigh the train in preparation for the... (more)