IC 6251, the white strip, leads loads of taconite pellets south down the CN Missabe from U.S. Steel Minntac at dusk to the yard at Proctor where they will arrive in darkness.
A trio of GE's move marbles from U.S. Steel across the Iron Range sub with a destination at Two Harbors, MN.
CN installed this equipment and it's designed to detect uneven track (soft spots) that might cause loaded ore cars to derail. There is this old ore car that works out of Proctor and a new car wit... (more)
CN 2041, CN 2004, and CN 2024 throttle up as they start the trip down the CN Iron Range Sub for Two Harbors under clears skies and cold temperatures. An air temp of -28 really makes that diesel e... (more)
A crisp and clear day as CN 2041 descends down the grade from U.S. Steel Minntac with steaming taconite pellets in tow. Even though the sun was out, it was minus 28 degrees when they departed on... (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.
As the suns taps the horizon, CN 2018 comes to a stop on the main and will wait on the arrival of an empty train coming north on the CN Iron Range sub.
A trio of GE's show some life when the engineer tugs the throttle to gain a little speed to move these taconite loads.
With snow falling, CN 2018 splits the new still not in use signals at the small location know as Allen Jct. MN which is roughly the half way point on the return trip back to Two Harbors on the CN ... (more)
With snow falling, empties meet loads at Gilbert, MN on the CN Iron Range sub.
As the snow falls, CN 2018 continues the southbound leg of the trip passing through the yard at Biwabik with a destination back to the yard at Two Harbors, MN.
Snow falling and the hum of steel wheels on the rails.
Running south on the CN Missabe sub back to the yard at Proctor with a string of empty DMIR Difco side dumps that were used to deliver limestone to the U.S. Steel Minntac plant at Mountain Iron, M... (more)
Gliding around the curve while on the approach to U.S. Steel Minntac property.
Almost to the end of the CN Iron Range sub, the crew gives a friendly wave as they continue north.