Some snow is falling as DMIR 404 blows the horn about to cross through the Highway 7/ Highway 101 intersection heading north back to the mine to reload.
A trio of SD40's (DMIR 400, BLE 903, DMIR 405) and 140 ore jennies head to Proctor, MN on a nice day.
A trio of SD40's (DMIR 400, BLE 903, DMIR 405) and 140 ore jennies seem small against the vast landscape of the Zim/Sax bog and the Bobby Aro Memorial Highway which is undergoing resurfacing.
CN is temporarily receiving a number of Union Pacific and BNSF AC locomotives for horsepower payback and two of those units have found their way to northern Minnesota to be used on T-Bird service.... (more)
Departing the mine, headed to the plant. With a little dust off the top of the freshly mined and course crushed rock.
Veteran 40's and veteran ore cars both still earning revenue.
A nice change of pace were these three EMD's on a T-Bird train instead of a Dash 8 duo that's been the norm in recent years. DMIR 402, IC 6255 and DMIR 409 with 120 veteran DMIR ore cars in tow ha... (more)
A little color is left in northern Minnesota as things change. The leaves are hanging on despite the recent snow and the BLE orange is hanging on despite the addition of C40-8's and AC power ente... (more)
Into the setting sun rolls a taconite train from the ArcelorMittal owned Minorca mine. The mine and aprrox 350 employees produce about 2.8 million tons of fluxed iron-bearing pellets, and mines ab... (more)
The snow is tapering off as a T-Bird train heads back to the mine to load more rock.
When DMIR 403 leads a train the foam usually comes out of the woodwork to document the occasion. Here is DMIR 403, the last maroon Missabe tunnel motor on the vast CN roster, leading a T-Bird cru... (more)
A pair of Dash 8 CN Anniversary units provide a little color to an otherwise gloomy northern Minnesota November afternoon.
BNSF's Kelly Lake Local runs over CN to the Minorca taconite plant with three loaded cars of bentonite clay.
Now racing the GEXR 432, here we see it passing through Rockwood, Ontario.
Fresh out of Elbe Depot this excursion train crosses Hwy 7 before proceeding to Mineral, WA.