A nice late fall afternoon and 3 matching former DMIR engines with 114 DMIR ore cars are hauling rocks to the plant from the mine.
Taking a turn off the Missabe sub at N. Fairlane, DMIR 402, DMIR 404 and DMIR 408 lead taconite bearing rock loads into the United Taconite property where the plant will make taconite pellets.
DMIR 404, DMIR 408 and IC 6252 pull 114 cars of taconite rock south down the Missabe sub at Wolf headed for the United Taconite plant to make into taconite pellets.
DMIR 408, DMIR 404 and DMIR 402 pull 114 cars of taconite rock south down the Missabe sub for the United Taconite to make into taconite pellets.
DMIR 402, DMIR 404, and DMIR 408 (yes three former DMIR tunnel motors together pulling vintage DMIR ore cars in 2020) lead raw taconite down the Missabe sub from the mine heading towards the proce... (more)
BLE 910 handles local chores on a piece of the former Green Bay & Western at Amherst Junction, WI. The short train is waiting near the junction switch with the CN mainline for traffic to clear so ... (more)
DMIR 406 runs along the Missabe Sub and the wide open spaces through the Zim/Sax bog back to Proctor, MN on a Friday afternoon.
Some radio chatter piqued interest when BLE 904 was the identifier on a nice summer day only to have disappointment set in as it was only a light power move to rescue some ore cars at U.S. Steel M... (more)
BLE 909 leads the Proctor MRF under the Rainy Sub at Munger, MN.
BLE 909 leads the Proctor MRF through Saginaw, MN.
Entering the CN Minntac Sub off the CN Missabe Sub at Noimi Jct., BLE 909 leads their train towards the U.S. Steel Minntac plant to load on a cold and dreary Minnesota winter's day.
Departing for Proctor, MN
Bessemer & Lake Erie 909 leads DM&IR 405 and B&LE 900 up Proctor Hill with empty blast furnace trim cars (crushed raw taconite rock). The bright cars can also double as ballast haulers.
Coming up from Two Harbors, MN, a BLE trio is on the Minntac sub and will be arriving at the U.S. Steel Minntac plant shortly to begin loading 145 cars off the west loadout silo before returning b... (more)
A trio of Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad units (909, 904, 903) bring up 145 ore cars from Two Harbors to be loaded at U.S. Steel Minntac with approximately 15,000 tons of taconite pellets.