This typical northern Minnesota winter scene brought to us by the fine folks at North Shore Mining on a forecasted hot and humid northern Minnesota summer day.
Ore empties head back to the mine for another load.
Located on the shores of Lake Superior, Northshore Mining operates a taconite processing facility. After delivering a string of taconite rock loads for the crusher, NSM 655, 656 and 657 prepare ... (more)
A delivering 17,000 tons of taconite rock for processing, the crew picked up what empties the plant had ready for them and took off back towards the mine to reload. They are about at the halfway p... (more)
With a lite fog laying low in the area due to the brisk 42 degree morning, the 5am raw ore train greets the morning sun that is just creeping over the trees in Toimi MN. The smoking 5418, third ou... (more)
With dynamic brakes howling the 5am loads rolls down grade with 156 loads in tow for the Silver Bay processing plant.
A cool winter scene for hot summer days. The North Shore Mining noon loads crew hum along at a steady track speed on a cold winter day while they move rock from the Babbitt mine to Silver Bay pla... (more)
A classic three EMD set of NSM locomotives breaks the silence of the cold northern Minnesota winter wilderness as they pull the loads of raw taconite rock from the mine to the plant. Once they pas... (more)
Miles from any kind of civilization, NSM 655, 650 & 653 approach the ex-LTV over pass (where this shot was taken from). Be careful if you drive a car to get this location because I hit a rut in th... (more)
NSM 655, 650 & 653 head south passing mile post 23. The NSM will be shutting down for approx 1 month in April due to the economic slow down. However, the NSM will keep busy by doing a lot of much ... (more)
Late afternoon sun breaks through the storm clouds as NSM 655 leads a crude taconite train from Babbitt to the processing plant at Silver Bay on Lake Superior.
Empties grind out of the Lake Superior Basin at Milepost 6.