Two of the three remaining Missabe SD-Ms (316/308) lead a short switch job back to Keenan Yard in sub-zero temps.
A pair of veteran Missabe SD38s struggle with 96 loads of crude taconite for Fairlane. Temp on the Forbes detector was a balmy -9F by this time of the day.
A pair of DMIR SD38-2s are in run 8 and cruisin' south on the DMIR mainline en route to the Fairlane Taconite Plant.
An empty T-bird crude ore train is almost lost in the cloud of steam from a passing Minntac pellet train. If it looks cold it was, -6F on a nearby detector.
Loaded ore train for Two Harbors rounds the north leg of the wye at Iron Junction and enters the Iron Range Subdivision.
The Keenan Switch heads towards its namesake yard with commercial traffic picked up at Shelton Junction.
BNSF ore detour for Keewatin Taconite passes through CN's former DM&IR yard at Keenan. BNSF suffered a major derailment of an ore train on its own nearby line.
Loaded and pulling hard.
Ore loads at Iron Junction behind a now-rare DM&IR SD-M. This unit was built by EMD in April 1960 as SD18 No. 177, and was rebuilt by the Missabe shop forces into SD-M No. 308 in 1988. Its days ... (more)
With the UTU strike going on in Canada, there were several CN trains running on the former Missabe main line. Here's SD60F 5555 at Iron Junction.
The 214 and 223 get a loaded crude ore train up to a high enough speed to blow dust from the cars as the train nears Nomi.
Kickin' up some fresh snow as it passes the last of the fall colors, an empty T-Bird train pulls through Iron Junction.
An SD-18 leads a southbound through Iron Junction.
Ore empties hit the diamond at Ramshaw as they return from Two Harbors. This is the first snow of the season in Missabe country.
Southbound on the old DW&P. A snowy autumn day in Minnesota.