Under warm evening sun an empty taconite trains heads back to the Minorca Taconite plant for another load. BLE 909, DMIR 406, CN 6013 and DMIR 408.
A short southbound freight, headed by a still BLE painted motor, races through Culver.
BLE 909 makes it's way to Proctor, MN through the scenic countryside with a short local in tow.
BLE 909 leads the MRF local south through Culver on a muggy afternoon.
BLE 909 leads the Proctor MRF under the Rainy Sub at Munger, MN.
BLE 909 leads the Proctor MRF through Saginaw, MN.
Entering the CN Minntac Sub off the CN Missabe Sub at Noimi Jct., BLE 909 leads their train towards the U.S. Steel Minntac plant to load on a cold and dreary Minnesota winter's day.
Bessemer & Lake Erie 909 leads DM&IR 405 and B&LE 900 up Proctor Hill with empty blast furnace trim cars (crushed raw taconite rock). The bright cars can also double as ballast haulers.
Coming up from Two Harbors, MN, a BLE trio is on the Minntac sub and will be arriving at the U.S. Steel Minntac plant shortly to begin loading 145 cars off the west loadout silo before returning b... (more)
A trio of Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad units (909, 904, 903) bring up 145 ore cars from Two Harbors to be loaded at U.S. Steel Minntac with approximately 15,000 tons of taconite pellets.
BLE 909 adds to the spectacular fall colors as this empty taconite train makes its way north for another load of pellets at United Taconite.
A little color is left in northern Minnesota as things change. The leaves are hanging on despite the recent snow and the BLE orange is hanging on despite the addition of C40-8's and AC power ente... (more)
BLE 909 adds to the colors of northern Minnesota as it heads south meeting a northbound stack train on the CN Missabe Sub.
A bright leader on a late winter afternoon.
Coming down the mountain with pellets from Minntac bound for Proctor. First arriving in Minnesota in 2005, BLE 909 still is plying the rails for CN in her orange paint. Such a classic girl.