CN 2032 north passes through the small location/community of Sparta, MN. At one time there was a four track yard here with several branches off the main to serve natural ore pits in the area. To... (more)
Navigating the S-curve CN 2041 north is taking the turn on what was the former DM&N, then DM&IR and now the CN Iron Range Sub passing by the grade of the former D&IR which was abandoned in 1972.
After meeting it's counterpart CN 2006 and their loads, CN 2040 with their empties knocks down the signal at N. Biwabik as they continue on their way north on the way up the CN Iron Sub.
CN 2040 charges north up the CN Iron Range sub on a dreary afternoon to load taconite pellets.
After waiting for a unit oil train to roll south across the Ramshaw diamond in front of them, CN 2015 is back underway towards Minntac just seconds before the sun is lost for the day.
Staring at red signals, CN 2015 and crew is stopped and waiting near the Ramshaw diamond for a southbound oil train that's currently coming down the CN Rainy sub.
Empties north from Two Harbors, MN to U.S. Steel Minntac and then back to Two Harbors, MN. Load, dump, repeat.
Empties from Two Harbors make their way north along the now featureless CN Iron Range Sub near Fayal. Not long ago there were searchlights and code line along here but now the searchlights have s... (more)
CN 2028 pushes its way up the CN Iron Range Sub breaking trail for the 592 axels following behind.
The wind is blowing, the temperature is falling and the snow is deep as evident by CN 2028 pushing its way along the CN Iron Range Sub as they run north from Two Harbors for a date with the west l... (more)
A trio of Dash 8's running north on the CN Iron Range Sub coming back from Two Harbors, MN to load more taconite pellets.
The heavy wet snow has tapered off a bit as CN 2010 makes the return trip back to Two Harbors, MN.
Under less than ideal conditions weather-wise, CN 2006 is pulling empties back from Two Harbors, MN for U.S. Steel to load fresh made taconite pellets.
DMIR 403 pulling ore empties north from Two Harbors back to a mine for reloading. Shortly after this shot over two years ago she suffered a cracked block but was repaired and departed the MEI sho... (more)
As shadows creep up the r.o.w. CN 2031 crawls north across the CN Iron Range Sub with empties for loading at U.S. Steel's Minntac taconite plant.