CN 2119 takes the switch into the Fairlane taconite plant with loads of rock from the mine.
Zero dark thirty and a minus 26 degrees air temperature as the engineer pulls empties up to the signal to wait for his conductor to drive up and climb into the warm cab where they will tone up the... (more)
Deceiving winter afternoon sunlight bathes a T-Bird train as it travels between the mine down to the plant. Yes, its sunny but it's still below zero cold.
Loaded with rock from the United Taconite Thunderbird mine crusher, CN 2119 leads the way down the CN Missabe Sub with 115 cars to be delivered to the United Taconite Fairlane plant for processing... (more)
From The Land Of Sky Blue Waters. A T-Bird train travels from the mine to the plant on a cold morning in northern Minnesota.
A trio of C40-8s pick up empty ore cars off Dock 6 while the laker Roger Blough departs with a load of ore for Conneaut. This was the first trip for the Blough in over two months after a serious g... (more)
Empty ore hoppers make their way south behind a trio of C40-8s after making a limestone delivery at Minntac.
Empty ore cars roll south under early morning fall color behind three standard cab Dash-8s after a limestone delivery at Minntac.
Empty ore cars follow a trio of C40-8s south through Culver on their return trip to Proctor Yard after a limestone delivery at Minntac.
A trio of standard cab Dash-8s lean into the curve and charge south with empty ore jennies after a limestone delivery at Minntac among the peak fall colors.
A trio of standard cab C40-8 locomotives lead this empty limestone train south over the Whiteface River in Kelsey
Just north of Duluth at Munger is where CN's former DW&P (Rainy Sub) crosses over their ex-DM&IR track (Missabe Sub). For years I have tried to capture an engine-over-engine shot here but given th... (more)
Loads of raw ore from the T-bird mine make the turn off the north leg at Fairlane as they roll in for processing at United Taconite.
A quiet Easter Sunday afternoon while a T-Bird crew loads rock from the coarse crusher at United Taconite's North Thunderbird load out pocket, just like every other day of the week and year.