Not much in the scenery dept. as brown stick season prevails after the winter snow melt but before the green-up of spring. The sun is shining and the trains are running though like this taconite t... (more)
A nice late fall afternoon and 3 matching former DMIR engines with 114 DMIR ore cars are hauling rocks to the plant from the mine.
CN 2131 cuts through the heavy snow that's falling across northern Minnesota.
A Friday the 13th 2020 CN ore train. Because nothing is normal this year.
DMIR 404, DMIR 408 and IC 6252 pull 114 cars of taconite rock south down the Missabe sub at Wolf headed for the United Taconite plant to make into taconite pellets.
DMIR 408, DMIR 404 and DMIR 402 pull 114 cars of taconite rock south down the Missabe sub for the United Taconite to make into taconite pellets.
IC 6256, CN 6018 and BLE 903 pull 46 empty ore cars used for limestone service back to Proctor after delivering 46 loads of said limestone up to the Minorca mine.
DMIR 402, DMIR 404, and DMIR 408 (yes three former DMIR tunnel motors together pulling vintage DMIR ore cars in 2020) lead raw taconite down the Missabe sub from the mine heading towards the proce... (more)
Giving a good old fashioned roll-by in a snowstorm. The crew of the Keenan switch job watches and listens for anything unusual while giving a roll-by to a loaded taconite train heading south on t... (more)
BLE 904 and two EMD sisters pass a loaded ore train, waiting to be dumped at CN's Dock 6 in Duluth, as they lift limestone loads up the ramp from Missabe Juntion before attacking Proctor Hill in n... (more)
After loading taconite pellets at United Taconite, a trio of SD40's lead the train back to the yard at Proctor, MN.
Two tunnel motor, still in their B&LE paint, lead a pair of CN painted SD40 types and limestone loads up Proctor Hill in low late winter afternoon light, bound for Minnesota's Iron Range.
IC 6264 eases empty ore jennies out of CN's Proctor Yard, bound for the famed Minnesota Iron Range to be reloaded with Taconite pellets.
A colorful lashup of CN subsidiary roads in the IC, DMIR, and BLE, await their crew and their trip back up Proctor Hill with ore empties on CN's Dock 6.
A trio of former IC SD40-3s ease empty ore jennies onto CN's Dock 6 in Duluth in nice golden hour light for the cars to be dumped, and pellets stockpiled, for the upcoming Great Lakes shipping sea... (more)