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Photo ID: 682247

A few miles into the trip from United Taconite back to Proctor, MN the sun makes a quick appearance on BLE 900 before ducking back into the overcast sky.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-3
Location: Zim, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: BLE 900
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: December 24, 2018


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 28, 2018

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Photo ID: 682246

After loading their train, BLE 900 takes the signals out of the yard at United Taconite to enter the CN Missabe Sub for the trip back to Proctor, MN.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: BLE 900
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: December 24, 2018


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 28, 2018

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Photo ID: 681064

Loaded out with 138 cars of steaming taconite pellets behind them, the conductor dials up RTC to ask for signals off the running track at United Taconite to head back to Proctor down the CN Missab... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 6254
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: December 14, 2018


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 18, 2018

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Photo ID: 681006

Rolling southbound on the CN Missabe sub with 138 loads of taconite pellets trailing behind.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Sax, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: IC 6254
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: December 14, 2018


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 17, 2018

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Photo ID: 680733

With the United Taconite plant and the end of their train in the background, IC 6254 with sisters DMIR 404 and DMIR 409 pull 138 loads of taconite pellets in the old Missabe era ore cars and proc... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: IC 6254
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: December 14, 2018


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 15, 2018

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Photo ID: 643302

A fairly rare color version of a DMIR logo on the side of an ore car.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Kelsey, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 51830
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: December 29, 2017


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jan 03, 2018

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Photo ID: 643301

On a drab, cold winter afternoon in northern Minnesota a taconite train from United Taconite crosses over the frozen Whiteface river as the travel to Proctor, MN.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Kelsey, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: IC 6263
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: December 29, 2017


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jan 03, 2018

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Photo ID: 634308

The engineer takes the signal down as he throttles up and pulls 140 cars of taconite pellets out of the yard at United Taconite's Fairlane plant and begins the trip south for Proctor, Mn and ultim... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: IC 6251
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: October 11, 2017


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By: Todd M.

Added: Oct 15, 2017

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Photo ID: 619383

The once thick morning fog is beginning to burn off now making visibility that much better for the crew of this U-717 pellet train from United Taconite to Proctor. The crew started loading early a... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Zim, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 402
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: May 04, 2017


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jun 08, 2017

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Photo ID: 602150

A close call and a case where the story is better than the photo. Under pending darkness and with light snow falling the crew onboard CN 5244 sounds the bell and then lays on the horn for the roa... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: SD40-2W
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 5244
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: December 30, 2016


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jan 08, 2017

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Photo ID: 585982

Some cold weather railroading as pair of big GE's pull a once stranded U-717 United Taconite train south towards Proctor after the original CN power for the train ( leader IC 6256) failed in the s... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Adolph, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 583
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: January 09, 2011


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By: Todd M.

Added: Aug 15, 2016

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Photo ID: 535264

Last of maroon and gold SD38s set to get underway with U-717 in tow.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD38-2
Location: Proctor, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 215
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: June 27, 2011


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By: Lester Zmudzinski

Added: Jun 17, 2015

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Photo ID: 522963

On a clear and cool morning, a taconite train from Minnesota's Iron Range rumbles over the impressive Cloquet River bridge on the way to Proctor, MN.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Burnett, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 5948
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: March 06, 2015


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By: Todd M.

Added: Mar 13, 2015

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Photo ID: 506812

As the last light of the day fades to darkness, DMIR 405, DMIR 409 and BLE 909 run track speed south down the Missabe Subdivision for Proctor with steaming taconite pellets in tow.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Zim, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 405
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: November 15, 2014


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By: Todd M.

Added: Nov 15, 2014

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Photo ID: 506671

DMIR 403 leads the way pulling 141 cars of taconite pellets out of the yard track at United Taconite ( some of which can be seen above the 403 ) and onto the CN Missabe Sub ( foreground ) as they ... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Forbes, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 403
Train ID: U-717
Photo Date: October 25, 2014


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By: Todd M.

Added: Nov 15, 2014

Views: 1,565
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