About to come off the Iron Range sub, CN 2020 takes the signal at east wye and will continue the trip up to Minntac to load taconite pellets.
On this day the R901 job based out of CN's Keenan yard was tasked with going up to the Mountain Iron yard and retrieving the Plasser & Theurer RM802 High-Production Ballast Undercutting/Cleaning M... (more)
Taconite bearing rock rounds the bend just south of Iron Jct. MN on a cold but clear winter day.
A few miles into the trip and the steam is rolling off the hot taconite pellets as they travel through the minus 15-degree air on the way back to Proctor, MN.
Fresh off North Americas largest taconite operation, U.S. Steel Minntac property, BLE 909 hauls steaming taconite pellets south for Proctor yard and ultimately the storage facility at CN's dock un... (more)
DMIR 404 and IC 6251 are now a set assigned to mine shuttle service from the Cleveland Cliffs United Taconite Thunderbird mine down to their Fairlane plant.
The calm and quiet of nature is disrupted for a few moments by 598 axels of a CN ore train then it's back to calm and quiet again.
Catching just a few muted rays from the sun triple IC SD40-3's roll along with their train of ore cars hauling taconite pellets in tow and the yard at Proctor, MN as the destination.
Taking the turn at Iron Jct. west wye for the trip down the CN Iron Range Sub with a destination of the home terminal at Two Harbors, MN.
A pair of anniversary Dash8's lead a mine shuttle train south down the CN Missabe sub.
Taconite pellets move south for Two Harbors passing through the different colors of the changing seasons.
Skirting the city of Virginia, MN while coming down CN's Rainy Sub after delivering limestone to the Minorca Taconite facility three BLE's are heading back to Proctor yard still a few hours away y... (more)
Hauling taconite pellets down from United Taconite on Minnesota's Iron Range to Proctor yard with three IC's.
Matched Dash 8's pull rock loads from United Taconite's Thunderbird north pit down the Missabe sub and will soon be making the left turn to deliver into United Taconite's Fairlane plant property.
After working the rod and ball track at United Taconite it was then a straight shot up to work the commercial yard at the Minntac taconite plant and now it's time to head back to Keenan yard.