Shortly after the loads ran by, this empty tailings train with NSM 650 pulling and NSM 651 pushing came rolling along heading back to the plant to reload. With no schedule at all and running only... (more)
With only about 5 miles to go until the yard at Silver Bay, MN, it's all down hill from here for the crew as they descend into the Lake Superior basin to the plant.
Running up the hill out of the Lake Superior basin, NSM 661 chases the setting sun with a train of empties on a cold and clear New Year's Day.
Loads of taconite bearing rock from Babbitt make their way to Silver Bay passing the signals for the tailings basin near MP 7 on the NSM mainline.
The tailings trains drifts back around the S curve at M.P. 6 as they head back to the plant to reload then make the trip back up the grade once again.
The morning loads of taconite rock continue towards the plant while the tailings train waits for them to clear and will wye the train before returning to the plant at Silver Bay.
The push/pull SD40s on the NSM tailings train grind their way up the grade and through the curves out of Silver Bay as they head for the tailings pond among the brilliant fall colors.
Climbing out the Lake Superior basin and away from Silver Bay heading into the sun running through the Superior National forest to Babbitt and the mine to drop off these empties then tying onto a ... (more)
After running light up to Norshor Jct. to pick up bentonite hoppers interchanged by CN, a trio of SD40-3's head back to the plant at Silver Bay while a track worker runs up the east main.
Drifting back down to Silver Bay from the tailing basin.
5am loads catch the only sunlight of the day as they descend into Silver Bay.
With their 1x1 power configuration, an empty tailings train runs down into Silver Bay among the peak fall colors.
Pulling up the grade out of the Lake Superior basin, three SD40-3's are barking hard as they pull the empties back inland from Silver Bay to the mine at Babbitt. The NSM nose logo was the frostin... (more)
The empty tailings train coasting back downgrade to the plant at Silver Bay.
Pushing the tailings train back to the plant at Silver Bay. Fall colors are at the peak here in northern Minnesota.