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Photo ID: 845234

Something is coming. A train because the signal indicates so and winter because of the snow falling.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: N/A
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: N/A
Train ID: N/A
Photo Date: October 30, 2023


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By: Todd M.

Added: Nov 17, 2023

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Photo ID: 843916

The first snow of the season falls as an empty pellet ID heads north through Sparta heading to load at U.S. Steel Minntac.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: unknown
Train ID: U788
Photo Date: October 30, 2023


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By: Todd M.

Added: Oct 30, 2023

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Photo ID: 836134

Due to congestion with train traffic ahead, CN 2116 is stopped at Sparta to wait it out before getting green signals after everything clears.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2116
Train ID: U788
Photo Date: February 11, 2023


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jul 11, 2023

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Photo ID: 833163

Sun filled late summer afternoon and an empty ore train heading for a load time at the mine.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2000
Train ID: U790
Photo Date: September 05, 2022


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By: Todd M.

Added: May 31, 2023

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Photo ID: 804453

Navigating the S-curve CN 2006 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.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2006
Train ID: U790
Photo Date: June 04, 2022


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jun 05, 2022

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Photo ID: 778925

Coming up from Two Harbors with a short mixed freight for Keenan yard, CN 2010 leads two units going for service, some lumber siding from the Louisiana Pacific plant, a few tank cars and some emp... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2010
Train ID: L594
Photo Date: July 31, 2021


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By: Todd M.

Added: Aug 09, 2021

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Photo ID: 778598

After a meet, CN 2004 coming off the running track throttles up getting back to track speed heading north for a date with the west load out pocket at the U.S. Steel Minntac taconite plant.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2004
Train ID: U788
Photo Date: July 31, 2021


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By: Todd M.

Added: Aug 05, 2021

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Photo ID: 760525

As the clouds moved in it was a lucky break to have a sliver of full sun between late afternoon shadows and clouds taking over to catch this northbound empty train coming off the running track aft... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2007
Train ID: U788
Photo Date: December 25, 2020


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jan 19, 2021

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Photo ID: 737963

Coming up from Two Harbors with a few cars of miscellaneous road freight to drop off at CN Keenan yard and then IC 6264 will return back to Two Harbors with a few cars it will pick up.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: IC 6264
Train ID: L594
Photo Date: April 26, 2020


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By: Todd M.

Added: May 31, 2020

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Photo ID: 734874

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)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2032
Train ID: U788
Photo Date: April 30, 2020


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By: Todd M.

Added: May 03, 2020

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Photo ID: 720490

After meeting a southbound pellet load, CN 2027 catches the last light of the day traveling north along the running track on the CN Iron Range Sub at Sparta, MN.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2027
Train ID: U792
Photo Date: December 22, 2019


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 23, 2019

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Photo ID: 720489

CN 2039 runs away from the setting sun while passing thru Sparta, MN on the way to the yard and dock facilities at Two Harbors, MN to deliver the cargo of steaming taconite pellets.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 2039
Train ID: U789
Photo Date: December 22, 2019


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 23, 2019

Views: 1,560
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Photo ID: 665122

A quad pack of EMD's sound nice as they race by.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: SD40T-3
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: BLE 900
Train ID: U-791
Photo Date: July 06, 2018


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jul 22, 2018

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Photo ID: 653018

With the snow tapering off, CN 6021 runs north taking the turn on what was the former DM&N, then DMIR and is now the CN Iron Range Sub passing the grade of the former D&IR which was abandoned in 1... (more)

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: SD40u
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: CN 6021
Train ID: U 788
Photo Date: March 26, 2018


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Added: Mar 26, 2018

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Photo ID: 648456

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.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Sparta, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: DMIR 400
Train ID: U-788
Photo Date: October 27, 2017


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By: Todd M.

Added: Feb 15, 2018

Views: 1,007
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Favorited: 3
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