A cold early morning departure has some steam coming off the new pellets as they descend down the hill from the Minntac taconite plant.
Blue hour arrival at Biwabik to wait for a northbound before heading off into the darkness towards Two Harbors and home.
Clear. Cold. Northwest wind. Snow on the ground. Everything is in order as CN 2028 leads ore loads south through the yard here at Biwabik while also passing by a few centerbeams that are being sto... (more)
What started out as CN 2020 leading iron ore loads south will end up being CN 2028 leading iron ore loads south into Two Harbors after the crew swaps leaders due to a mechanical issue. Ultimately ... (more)
Cutting through the fog and snowless landscape as they travel down to Two Harbors, MN with Minntac made marbles.
As darkness and snow continues to fall upon the landscape, the crew is back onboard after giving the roll-by to a northbound empty and CN 2039 is back underway for Two Harbors with 145 carloads of... (more)
A pop of CN red amongst a forest of yellows.
Late afternoon sun hits the nose of this northbound empty taconite train as the long winter shadows hit the ore cars.
Burning diesel on a cold winter morning.
Heading south along the CN Iron Range about to fly over the Ramshaw diamond with steaming taconite pellets bound for Two Harbors.
Humid enough to create that steaming pellets effect on this early morning departure from the U.S. Steel Minntac plant as they travel back to Two Harbors, MN.
Gritty and grimy is the life of a taconite hauler in the CN Two Harbors ore pool.
Taking the turn at Iron Jct. west wye for the trip down the CN Iron Range Sub with a destination of the home terminal at Two Harbors, MN.
Humming along through a winter day with the yard at Two Harbors the destination for these steaming taconite pellets.
Taconite pellets bound for Two Harbors make their way along the Missabe sub and will very shortly make the left turn onto the Iron Range sub for the remainder of the seventy-four-mile trip into to... (more)