The Tailings train heads through Beaver Bay past “Railfan Rock” with a NSM SD40-2 on the head end and a NSM SD40-2 on the rear.
A pair of veteran SD40-3's sandwich a train of now empty side dumps as they drift back down to the plant after visiting the tailing basin to dump their tailings waste material.
A veteran workhorse who's been used hauling coarse tailings westbound from the plant to the mine. They use the tailings on the mine haul roads to protect the tires of the big equipment and make f... (more)
A pair of NSM SD40-3's work at pulling and pushing heavy wet coarse tailings loads along the Northshore Mining main line as they head up to the mine to deliver these cars. The mine uses the mater... (more)
Shortly after the loads ran by, this empty tailings train with NSM 650 pulling and NSM 651 pushing came rolling along heading back to the plant to reload. With no schedule at all and running only... (more)
Loads of taconite bearing rock from Babbitt make their way to Silver Bay passing the signals for the tailings basin near MP 7 on the NSM mainline.
The morning loads of taconite rock continue towards the plant while the tailings train waits for them to clear and will wye the train before returning to the plant at Silver Bay.
Day one of the new year and the leader of the morning loads train from the mine down to the plant matches the sky. A good day in the land of sky blue waters.
Quietly rolling down the west main on a cold winter afternoon half way between the mine at Babbitt, MN and the plant on the shores of Lake Superior at Silver Bay, MN.
A cold winter afternoon at M.P. 28 along the NSM mainline finds a loaded taconite train heading east towards the plant at Silver Bay, MN with what can only be described as a unique consist of a pa... (more)
Sporting a patriotic air horn painted red, white and blue, this 30 car empty tailings train is just out of Babbitt.
Tailings train heads away.
The empty tailings train coasting back downgrade to the plant at Silver Bay.
Pushing the tailings train back to the plant at Silver Bay. Fall colors are at the peak here in northern Minnesota.
Two of North Shore Minings SD40-3's work hard to move a morning tailings train up the grade at Beaver Bay MN. After a few more minuets they will head up the spur track to the dumpsite to offload a... (more)