A pair of SD60Fs and an SD40-2W assigned to the DM&IR run around their train of limestone empties as they prepare to pull loads and spot their empties at Lakehead.
The late evening sun is about to go behind the hill but I managed to grab a shot of the 15:30 PRS backing down to the Lakehead Storage with a cut of empty cars.
The afternoon roadswitch with 36 ore cars loaded with limestone starts its climb from Duluth up Proctor Hill.
Early evening light highlights the Proctor Roadswitch as it lifts 36 ore cars loaded with limestone up the "ramp" in the shadow of ore dock 6 in Duluth.
Afternoon Proctor Roadswitch dumps ore cars on Dock 6 while the Presque Isle unloads limestone at its home port of Duluth.
Missabe 400 shoves 124 ore loads out onto the approach to Dock 6 in Duluth. The Highway 53 Blatnik "High" Bridge is in the background.
Early evening sunlight cascades across Proctor Yard as the afternoon Roadswitch negoiates switches.
A busy evening at CN's Dock 6 in Duluth as the afternoon roadswitch job doubles its empty ore train together for a trip back to Proctor. Note a BNSF coal train unloading across the bay.
A loaded ore train arrives at Duluth in a cloud of dust and brake shoe smoke after decending the 2.2% grade of Proctor Hill.
These ore cars, most over 50 years old, were originally pulled by massive DM&IR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstones.
The 15:30 Proctor Roadswitch prepares to shove its train of ore out onto the dock in Duluth.
The 15:30 PRS clears for the MRF power while the 07:30 power idles in the distance.
Last rays of sun on the longest day illuminate the afternoon Proctor Roadswitch lugging 140 empty ore cars out of Duluth.
Headed for Proctor with 48 empties in the late afternoon sun.
The afternoon Proctor Roadswitch heads back to Proctor with a short 48-car train of empty ore cars.