A trio of clean CN C40-8s head through Nomi Junction with a train of 59 limestone empties for Duluth, MN.
Although red is now the rule instead of maroon, in this scene we still see a P5, searchlight signals and steaming pellets.
As the snow comes down on the northern Minnesota landscape the taconite pellets continue to come down as well from the Iron Range to Proctor to Duluth to a steel mill. Here CN 5244 charges southb... (more)
Under what is commonly referred to as "Code Blue" skies, CN 6013 works on getting up to track speed after holding for two northbound freights on the CN Missabe Sub. Southbound taconite ... (more)
A taconite train from U.S. Steel Minntac for Proctor, MN on a snowy Sunday afternoon
CN 6013 leads 140 cars of taconite pellets southbound off Minnesota's Iron Range for the yard at Proctor, MN then down the hill to the ore dock at Duluth, MN and ultimately a steel mill once the s... (more)
One hundred forty five classic DMIR ore jennies loaded with taconite pellets made at U.S. Steel Minntac currently southbound on the CN Missabe Sub behind two big GE's heading for Proctor, MN.
A signal protecting the CN Iron Range Sub at the Ramshaw diamond indicates a northbound train is coming back from Two Harbors and it's clear to cross the CN Rainy Sub.
With United Taconite temporally in idle mode these C40-8s normally used on raw ore trains to that plant have been seen on other assignments, including limestone trains and moving pellets from U.S.... (more)
The engineer throttles up his 4 EMD's and accelerates 145 cars of taconite pellets continuing the trip that started at the ArcelorMittal Minorca mine and will end at the yard at Two Harbors.
The Keenan Switch heads home.
DMIR 404 and crew hustle ore loads from U.S. Steel, Minntac along the CN Iron Range Sub at Ramshaw on a great summer morning heading for the docks at Two Harbors, MN.
DMIR 403 leads 144 loads of taconite pellets off the CN Missabe Sub taking the left turn at Iron Jct. and onto the CN Iron Range Sub. for the trip to Two Harbors.
After exchanging pleasantries, the northbound empties crew continue north while the southbound loads crew continue south. Mine to dock to mine to dock and around and around they go.
After meeting an empty pellet train, DMIR 403 once again throttles up and begins to move crossing over from main one to main two on the CN Missabe Sub. before taking the left turn onto the CN Iron... (more)