SD70WHAT? With just over 1/3 of the horsepower of a single modern road unit, this gutty SD18 lugs 122 coal cars towards the BNSF at Duluth.
Mechanical problems with a sister unit forced the DM&IR #193 into service solo. She did a great job, pulling 123 coal cars 26 miles over some decent grades. Seen here about to hit the lakefront.
Lots of history tied together here in a pretty cool way. The thousand foot Mesabi Miner was named to honor the people of the Mesabi Iron Range who had encouraged the development of the mining indu... (more)
Of course when I was down in Indiana riding trains on the INRD I never saw an SD90 but all the way back home... An extremely rare visitor to Superior lays over. Doubtful this will ever happen agai... (more)
Just about to pull onto the Missabe Sub, this empty tac train led by everyones favorite engine winds its way around the last leg of the Iron Range Sub.
On a bitterly cold and windy day the last maroon tunnel motors whips up the snow as it charges northward towards Minntac.
In a fairly unusual move the Proctor Road Switch is crossing over with empties when they normally would be pulling off of the track they are entering. CN is keeping a switch engine around the dock... (more)
Trio of interesting cousins roar up the 2%+ grade with 120 ore jennies in tow.
Fresh swoosh leads the Brainerd out of Superior on the last day in February.
Quad set of '40s slowly work their way out of Proctor Yard as steaming pellets arrive to the left and two former Missabe SD38-2's switch the manifest yard to the right.
Three matching units haul 74 loads south to a crew change as Greenville as they march through the swamp.
The sound this train make was amazing. From miles away the engines could be heard straining in Run 8 as they dug in through the snow storm and lugged 74 loads towards Greenville and a new crew.
Loads dig in as they head for Greenville in a whiteout blizzard.
Trio of Bessemer motors grind through the curves as they lug 74 loads up the grade headed for Bessemer. This was a momentary lull in the major snow squalls.
Codeline, Bessemer, and Taconite pellets. May not scream Missabe completely, but still shouts US Steel!