A thunderstorm has just cleared and early evening light bathes Proctor yard as a loaded limestone train for Minntac departs north. There are still plenty of older EMD units assigned to Proctor.
Limestone loads behind a trio of C40-8 variants begins its climb up Proctor Hill while three DM&IR tunnel motors spot ore cars for dumping at Dock 6.
DMIR 402, DMIR 404 and IC 6252 pull 130 loads of taconite pellets leaving the U.S. Steel Minntac property via the CN Minntac sub heading south for the CN Missabe sub that will take them on a sever... (more)
Ridiculously cold weather (-34 plus a wind chill at the time of this photo) across northern Minnesota as polar vortex envelopes the region but the trains are still moving albeit it takes a little ... (more)
Ah the days of all EMD consists pulling taconite trains on the Iron Range of northern Minnesota.
Cutting through the cold winter's air with hot taconite pellets from Minntac bound for Proctor.
DMIR 402 heads railroad north into the afternoon sun on the way back from Two Harbors while pulling 140 ore jennies for loading at the Minorca mine facility before returning "home" to Tw... (more)
Running south down the CN Missabe Sub, this all EMD consist works day in day out pulling ore cars or freight for CN. CN is starting to show signs of replacing these classics with newer GE C40-8's... (more)
A trio of EMD power lead 136 cars of pellets south down the CN Missabe Sub for Proctor on a clear winter day. It looks like these EMD's days are numbered as CN has began replacing these older EMD... (more)
After throwing the switches, the all EMD consist led by DMIR 402 comes into Proctor and will yard the train and cut off said power and tie down.
DMIR 402 slows to a crawl as they approach Proctor Jct. and the end of the line at Proctor yard for this train.
DMIR 402 thunders along with its train of steaming pellets and will shortly pass the Missabe era Saginaw depot which is surprisingly still standing trackside.
Passing under the former DWP mainline at Munger, MN, DMIR 402 is on the home stretch of it's trip to Proctor yard with taconite pellets from Minnesota's Iron Range.
Under clears skies and cold temperatures, it was smooth sailing on the approximately 75 mile trip from Minnesota's Iron Range down to the entrance into Proctor Yard with 138 cars of taconite pell... (more)
With the tail end of the 138 car train still rattling the old Missabe era steel bridge over the Cloquet river, this U-711 pellet train continues it's trip south towards Proctor, MN.