Coming down the mountain with pellets from Minntac bound for Proctor. First arriving in Minnesota in 2005, BLE 909 still is plying the rails for CN in her orange paint. Such a classic girl.
After spending the day dumping limestone at the U.S. Steel Minntac taconite plant ( some of which is visible in the background ), CN 2016 and crew leave the property and head for home back to Proc... (more)
Loaded out and departing U.S. Steel Minntac with 144 cars of steaming taconite pellets bound for the yard at Two Harbors, MN.
Empty ore hoppers make their way south behind a trio of C40-8s after making a limestone delivery at Minntac.
A train with 140 cars of taconite pellets makes it's way down from U.S Steel's Minntac plant on a nice winters day headed to the yard at Proctor, MN and ultimately the docks at Duluth, MN. Minnta... (more)
CN 5451 continues to lead the charge up the hill and is almost onto U.S. Steel, Minntac property with limestone loads on a fog filled afternoon.
A EMD quartet leads 144 ore loads down from the U.S. Steel Minntac mine ( barely visible behind the trees) on the CN Minntac Sub. for the CN Missabe Sub then onto the CN Iron Range Sub and eventua... (more)
Just under Highway 169, BLE 909 hugs the curve leading 138 loads of fresh made marbles from U.S. Steel, Minntac bound for Proctor.
Freshly baked taconite pellets steam in the sub-zero temps on New Years Day.
The snow from the morning storm is tapering off now as DM&IR 406 leads 135 loads down the hill from the U.S. Steel Minntac plant in Mountain Iron, MN for the docks in Two Harbors, MN.
A matched set of Bessemer tunnel motors lead a steaming ore train bound for Two Harbors on a crisp +8F morning.
Been a while now that we have seen two maroon Missabe units running the Keenan Switch on the Range, but back in the day this was all you would see.
DM&IR 400 (SD40-3) leads down the hill with CN 5548 (SD60F) and CN 2107 (C40-8) helping out as they are moving the taconite pellets south from Minntac bound for the CN dock at Two Harbors,MN on th... (more)
Steam from the fresh made taconite pellets rises off the cars as DM&IR 211 leads a colorful consist down from the U.S. Steel Minntac plant on Minnesota's Iron Range.