A nice matched set of tunnel motor bodies ease a loaded ore train toward the Fairlane processing plant near Forbes, Minnesota on the former DM&IR. Finding a matched set like this is fairly hard (D... (more)
A southbound T-Bird train prepares to cross Highway 7 arriving Fairlane with 118 loads of taconite rock for the plant to process.
Three IC SD40-3's pull ore loads south on the CN Missabe sub. on a warm late summer afternoon. It's always nice to find some old EMD's plying the rails in an area where CN has turned to GE C40-8'... (more)
A repainted BLE tunnel motor holds at Fairlane next to a T-bird with a duo of CN C40-8s.
Fairlane and T-Bird trains wait to depart for the Missabe Sub.
CN 6024 running as U-716 north pulls into the United Taconite Fairlane plant at Forbes for the purpose of loading 144 ore cars with taconite pellets before heading back to the yard at Proctor.
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.
On a unseasonably cold day in northern Minnesota, BNSF 5342 leads a cut of hoppers into the United Taconite property for the loading of pellets. They will then begin the trip to a steel mill in M... (more)
A crude ore train dumps at the Eveleth Taconite plant on a bitter cold day (-37F was the low, -14F was the high).
With an unusual wide cab companion, the #2131 brings another load of rock to United Taconite.
Ore connections A closeup of the drawbar and air line arrangement of a Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range “quad” ore car. These were a set of four ore cars permanently coupled together usin... (more)
Fresh loads steam at United Taconite while I struggle to figure out why people keep saying the CN took over. I see a Missabe engine, with Missabe ore cars...
342 thunders down the main with the BCOL cowl threatening to blow up.
Could not have asked for better light on this gorgeous engine.
Crude ore loads are almost to the Uni-Tac plant.