After meeting southbound loads, CN 2010 roars up the running track at Sparta, MN heading north with a destination of U.S. Steel Minntac to load their own 145 car train with taconite pellets.
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.
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)
Navigating the S-curve CN 2041 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.
On a dark and foggy evening there are no trains coming because the signals say so.
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.
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.
First the collar goes up, then the leaves that pass then comes the snow. CN 2020 runs north through some falling snow for a date with U.S. Steel Minntac's east pocket to load approximately 15,000 ... (more)
Chasing the setting sun along the CN Iron Range Sub a trio of GE's with 145 ore cars trailing continue towards U.S. Steel's Minntac plant to load out more taconite pellets.
Northbound on the running track at Sparta, IC 6253 pushes snow as the northbound trek from Two Harbors to U.S. Steel Minntac at Mountain Iron continues while heavy snow persists.
A trio of GE's ply the unseen rails pulling taconite loads as snow continues to fall across Minnesota's Iron Range.
A quad set of EMD's race north with their train travelling on the CN Iron Range Sub heading for U.S. Steel's Minntac taconite plant for loading.
A quad pack of EMD's sound nice as they race by.
CNW 821 is on Milwaukee Road tracks as it passes thru Sparta, WI at dusk in April of 1976. Bob Ferge Kodachrome from my collection.
CSX X210 curves through the farm fields of Sparta as it follows close behind CSX Q505 toward Louisville