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Photo ID: 754212

Taking a turn off the Missabe sub at N. Fairlane, DMIR 402, DMIR 404 and DMIR 408 lead taconite bearing rock loads into the United Taconite property where the plant will make taconite pellets.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: SD40T-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 402
Train ID: U730
Photo Date: November 03, 2020


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By: Todd M.

Added: Nov 15, 2020

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Photo ID: 737020

BNSF locomotives working on CN for horsepower payback handle an ore train at United Taconite while the plant's contract switcher moves a car.

Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6230
Train ID: U730
Photo Date: April 24, 2020


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By: Gus Schauer

Added: May 23, 2020

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Photo ID: 734702

CN is temporarily receiving a number of Union Pacific and BNSF locomotives for horsepower payback and two of those BNSF units have found their way to northern Minnesota to be used for the T-Bird s... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6320
Train ID: U730
Photo Date: April 27, 2020


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By: Todd M.

Added: May 01, 2020

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Photo ID: 733945

CN has assigned a number of horsepower payback BNSF and UP AC units to northeastern Minnesota on the former DM&IR. Here two BNSF units power a crude (unprocessed) ore train dumping at the Fairlane... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6320
Train ID: U730 T-Bird
Photo Date: April 24, 2020


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By: Dave Schauer

Added: Apr 24, 2020

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Photo ID: 732125

After waiting for a pellet train to depart and now having favorable signals themselves, IC 6252 with 118 X 2 departs the Fairlane plant and heads back to the mine at Thunderbird north to load more... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: IC 6252
Train ID: U730
Photo Date: March 21, 2020


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By: Todd M.

Added: Apr 10, 2020

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Photo ID: 723395

A nice matched set of tunnel motor bodies ease a loaded ore train toward the Fairlane processing plant near Forbes, Minnesota on the former DM&IR. Finding a matched set like this is fairly hard (D... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 408
Train ID: T-Bird R901
Photo Date: January 20, 2020


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By: Dave Schauer

Added: Jan 22, 2020

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Photo ID: 715200

A southbound T-Bird train prepares to cross Highway 7 arriving Fairlane with 118 loads of taconite rock for the plant to process.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: IC 6260
Train ID: U730
Photo Date: November 03, 2019


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By: Todd M.

Added: Nov 03, 2019

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Photo ID: 710179

Three IC SD40-3's pull ore loads south on the CN Missabe sub. on a warm late summer afternoon. It's always nice to find some old EMD's plying the rails in an area where CN has turned to GE C40-8'... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: IC 6264
Train ID: U711
Photo Date: September 15, 2019


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By: Todd M.

Added: Sep 17, 2019

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Photo ID: 706884

A repainted BLE tunnel motor holds at Fairlane next to a T-bird with a duo of CN C40-8s.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-3
Location: Fairlane, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: BLE 903
Train ID: Ore Train
Photo Date: July 20, 2019


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By: Robby Gragg

Added: Aug 15, 2019

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Photo ID: 704666

Fairlane and T-Bird trains wait to depart for the Missabe Sub.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2111
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 20, 2019


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By: Nick Hart

Added: Jul 25, 2019

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Photo ID: 678424

CN 6024 running as U-716 north pulls into the United Taconite Fairlane plant at Forbes for the purpose of loading 144 ore cars with taconite pellets before heading back to the yard at Proctor.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: SD40u
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 6024
Train ID: U-716
Photo Date: November 21, 2018


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By: Todd M.

Added: Nov 23, 2018

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Photo ID: 521075

Loads of raw ore from the T-bird mine make the turn off the north leg at Fairlane as they roll in for processing at United Taconite.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2119
Train ID: CN U730
Photo Date: February 23, 2015


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By: Adam Wells

Added: Feb 28, 2015

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Photo ID: 508949

On a unseasonably cold day in northern Minnesota, BNSF 5342 leads a cut of hoppers into the United Taconite property for the loading of pellets. They will then begin the trip to a steel mill in M... (more)

Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 5342
Train ID: Tex-Mex
Photo Date: December 01, 2014


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 02, 2014

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Photo ID: 457955

A crude ore train dumps at the Eveleth Taconite plant on a bitter cold day (-37F was the low, -14F was the high).

Railroad: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway
Locomotive: SD-M
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 301
Train ID: T-Bird
Photo Date: January 26, 1996


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By: Dave Schauer

Added: Nov 09, 2013

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Photo ID: 410761

With an unusual wide cab companion, the #2131 brings another load of rock to United Taconite.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2131
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 25, 2012


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By: Max Medlin

Added: Oct 01, 2012

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