A short 82-car train of ore from Minntac eases down the 2.9% grade into Two Harbors on a snowy Saturday.
As light snow falls Missabe 404 and an IC SD40-3 ease downgrade into Two Harbors with a short 82-car train of ore.
DM&IR 400 and sister B&LE 903 lead a Minntac empty north for loading. That's the former DW&P spanning the Missabe in the distance.
Ore loads slowly work downgrade towards Two Harbors.
Empties for Minntac roll north at Wales in bitter cold.
Ore empties for Minntac head north.
Loaded ore train from Minntac slowly moves over the scale.
Lots of steam from the pellets on this cold +5F morning.
Minntac ore loads slow for the automatic track scales at Proctor. The track on the right is the dormant east scale track.
Minntac loads grind up Saginaw Hill en route to Proctor.
Back lighting highlights the brake shoe smoke off a loaded taconite train as it decends the 3% grade into the Lake Superior port city of Two Harbors.