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.
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.
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)
A crude ore train dumps at the Eveleth Taconite plant on a bitter cold day (-37F was the low, -14F was the high).
With an unusual wide cab companion, the #2131 brings another load of rock to United Taconite.
Ore connections A closeup of the drawbar and air line arrangement of a Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range “quad” ore car. These were a set of four ore cars permanently coupled together usin... (more)
Fresh loads steam at United Taconite while I struggle to figure out why people keep saying the CN took over. I see a Missabe engine, with Missabe ore cars...
342 thunders down the main with the BCOL cowl threatening to blow up.
Could not have asked for better light on this gorgeous engine.
Crude ore loads are almost to the Uni-Tac plant.
Matching DMIR tunnel motors in CN colors roll off of the Missabe Sub and into the plant with another load of raw ore.
A southbound BNSF all-rail taconite train accelerates past the United Taconite plant on its way down the Missabe Sub.
Limestone empties (in the distance) begin to overtake a raw taconite train which is making its' way toward the plant.
Limestone empties begin to overtake a raw taconite train as both head south.
While it is nice to shoot clean locomotives in the sun, it pains me to be shooting noodles instead of Maroon and Gold.