After waiting at Virginia, MN for two north bound trains on the CN Rainy Sub and then waiting at Wolf for another north bound train on the CN Missabe Sub. this 1.5 million dollar taconite train is... (more)
Fighting blowing and drifting snow along the way, an empty train returns from Two Harbors, MN to load more pellets which are waiting for them at the west load-out pocket at U.S. Steel's Minntac mi... (more)
Unable to shove the full train all the way through the load out tunnel at Largo due to deep snow on the other side this T-Bird rolls down the Missabe Sub with only 56 loads of rock instead of the... (more)
DMIR 403 leads loads of fresh made taconite pellets through the switches at Iron Jct. and will soon take a left turn onto the CN Iron Range Sub for the trip to Two Harbors.
T-Bird loads running from Largo to Fairlane, about to pass under Hwy 37.
The Keenan Switch heads south at Iron Jct. after working at Mountain Iron.
An empty pellet loader works north for another load and will cross Hwy 7 in a moment.
A couple of CN M.O.W. employees work to clear snow across the Ramshaw diamond on the last day of 2013. The Hi-Rail Blower, appropriately named Air Forced 1, is pretty loud and fairly effective i... (more)
The ever resourceful Missabe Road. Take an ore car and repurpose it for other uses and it would be a neat addition to the HO scale layout.
Another long CN land barge rolls southbound down the CN Rainy Subdivision crossing the CN Iron Range Division at the Ramshaw diamond. Some interesting "heritage units" assist the leader in making... (more)
A BNSF led Virginia, MN / Eagle Pass, TX (commonly referred to as a Tex-Mex) taconite train departs CN Keenan yard with a Ferromex unit as the DPU pushing over 15,000 tons of marbles.
A cold morning makes for some thick fog at daybreak.
Minntac loads howl through the curve at Iron Junction as they slow for the 10 mph switch at West Wye, where they will enter the Iron Range Subdivision.
Keenan Switch shoves into the plant to rescue the ore train in the distance which had some cars buried by an accident in the loadout pocket. Might not be maroon, but interesting pair nonetheless.
Minntac loads on their way for Two Harbors.