A pair of leased EMDs lead ore empties out of the Lake Superior Basin, northwest of Silver Bay. Fall color is near peak.
After five months of being inactive, Northshore Mining operated its first ore train today between the mine at Babbitt and plant at Silver Bay. Cliffs Natural Resources idled this operation in Octo... (more)
Cass Scenic Railroad's maintenance of way car speeds up the mountain towards Old Spruce on a foggy and overcast day. Later that day ended up with heavy showers on the way down.
Running late, the morning ore train nears Silver Bay with a former GCFX unit leading three EMD sisters.
A loaded tailings train heads to the Milepost 7 basin with one SD40-3 on either end.
Leased CREX GEs lift 156 empties out of Silver Bay on their way back to the mine at Babbitt.
Close-up view of two CREX GEs being tested by Northshore Mining. EMD SD70ACe units are slated to test later in the year.
Before acquiring 3000 horsepower SD40-3 units NSM tested a few different models. Here three borrowed GEs move empties back to the mine during a test.
Apache Railway C424 #99 pulls the daily southbound train through the red rocks at Milepost 5. This location was always a favorite among photographers as it had great scenery and accessibility as i... (more)
Apache railway C424 #99 leads the daily train from Holbrook to Snowflake past Milepost 5. This was the last month of operation for the Apache Railway, and I was lucky enough to see large trains st... (more)
The Holbrook turn approaches milepost 5 heading south toward Snowflake after working the BNSF interchange in Holbrook.
A southbound Apache Railway freight is led by C420 #81 and four other Alcos south to Snowflake, AZ. Today's train rates five units due to a shipment of coal loads to the mill for power.
Empties from Silver Bay are heading back to Babbit for another load. Lake Superior is just visable on the horizon.
Before ordering rebuilt SD40s for its mainline trains, NSM tested GEs from LRC and DM&IR SD40-3s. Here a trio of leased GEs with an SF30C leading work westbound empties on a warm Halloween aftern... (more)
Recently released from overhaul and sporting a new paint job and nose lettering, Sd40-3 651 leads SD18 1231, SD28 1234, and leased Alaska GP40-2 3004 southboud near Silver Bay with 155 loads.