CNW 821 is on Milwaukee Road tracks as it passes thru Sparta, WI at dusk in April of 1976. Bob Ferge Kodachrome from my collection.
CSX X210 curves through the farm fields of Sparta as it follows close behind CSX Q505 toward Louisville
The new kids on the block. CN has been looking to replace their aging EMD fleet in the ore pool and this seems to be their solution. These ex-C&NW C40-8s have been modified with straight air cont... (more)
DMIR 400 cruises through the wind whipped snow as they travel north from Two Harbors, MN with empties for U.S. Steel Minntac for loading.
The wind is whipping and the snow if flying across northern Minnesota as four tunnel motors and 145 ore cars roll north from Two Harbors back to U.S. Steel Minntac for loading.
The last SD40-3 in Missabe maroon paint leads the charge north from Two Harbors to the U.S. Steel Minntac taconite plant with empties while a few leave still hold on the trees as the fall season t... (more)
The end of an era. Another chapter in the storied book on Minnesota's Iron Range has come to an end with the removal of the last two F9A units from the former Erie Mining property. Here they tra... (more)
CSX Q243 rounds the curve coming into downtown Sparta,KY.
There are little pieces of history out there if a person takes the time to look around (and down). An old Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad date nail from 1930 lay almost obscured by fallen ... (more)
A U-789 loaded at the west load out pocket at U.S. Steel's Minntac taconite plant travels through Sparta on the CN Iron Range Sub. on the way to Two Harbors, MN.
On a crisp early fall morning, DM&IR 400, B&LE 903 and IC 6256 provide about the only color across the landscape as the leaves haven't started to change much yet.
Empty ore train rolls towards Minntac.
Despite the weather, a CN rail gang works on replacing rail on the CN Iron Range Sub between Sparta and Jones. The new rail is in place here and these machines are working on welding, tie plate a... (more)
Three Illinois Central units now serving time on the former Missabe pass through Sparta with 135 loads of steaming taconite pellets on a frost covered morning along the CN Iron Range Subdivision.
After meeting a southbound, this northbound continues it's journey with a final destination at the Minorca mine to load these trailing 135 empty ore cars with taconite pellets.