Something is coming. A train because the signal indicates so and winter because of the snow falling.
The first snow of the season falls as an empty pellet ID heads north through Sparta heading to load at U.S. Steel Minntac.
Due to congestion with train traffic ahead, CN 2116 is stopped at Sparta to wait it out before getting green signals after everything clears.
Sun filled late summer afternoon and an empty ore train heading for a load time at the mine.
Navigating the S-curve CN 2006 north is taking the turn on what was the former DM&N, then DM&IR and now the CN Iron Range Sub passing by the grade of the former D&IR which was abandoned in 1972.
Coming up from Two Harbors with a short mixed freight for Keenan yard, CN 2010 leads two units going for service, some lumber siding from the Louisiana Pacific plant, a few tank cars and some emp... (more)
After a meet, CN 2004 coming off the running track throttles up getting back to track speed heading north for a date with the west load out pocket at the U.S. Steel Minntac taconite plant.
As the clouds moved in it was a lucky break to have a sliver of full sun between late afternoon shadows and clouds taking over to catch this northbound empty train coming off the running track aft... (more)
Coming up from Two Harbors with a few cars of miscellaneous road freight to drop off at CN Keenan yard and then IC 6264 will return back to Two Harbors with a few cars it will pick up.
CN 2032 north passes through the small location/community of Sparta, MN. At one time there was a four track yard here with several branches off the main to serve natural ore pits in the area. To... (more)
After meeting a southbound pellet load, CN 2027 catches the last light of the day traveling north along the running track on the CN Iron Range Sub at Sparta, MN.
CN 2039 runs away from the setting sun while passing thru Sparta, MN on the way to the yard and dock facilities at Two Harbors, MN to deliver the cargo of steaming taconite pellets.
A quad pack of EMD's sound nice as they race by.
With the snow tapering off, CN 6021 runs north taking the turn on what was the former DM&N, then DMIR and is now the CN Iron Range Sub passing the grade of the former D&IR which was abandoned in 1... (more)
DMIR 400 cruises through the wind whipped snow as they travel north from Two Harbors, MN with empties for U.S. Steel Minntac for loading.