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.
BNSF locomotives working on CN for horsepower payback handle an ore train at United Taconite while the plant's contract switcher moves a car.
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)
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)
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)
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)
A southbound T-Bird train prepares to cross Highway 7 arriving Fairlane with 118 loads of taconite rock for the plant to process.
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)
A repainted BLE tunnel motor holds at Fairlane next to a T-bird with a duo of CN C40-8s.
Fairlane and T-Bird trains wait to depart for the Missabe Sub.
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.