The new kids on the block. CN has been looking to replace their aging EMD fleet in the ore pool and this seems to be their solution. These ex-C&NW C40-8s have been modified with straight air cont... (more)
CN 8003 has just passed under the former DWP Rainy Sub mainline (now CN's Rainy Sub) as they sail up the CN Missabe Sub for points north.
A trio of EMD power lead 136 cars of pellets south down the CN Missabe Sub for Proctor on a clear winter day. It looks like these EMD's days are numbered as CN has began replacing these older EMD... (more)
CN 2119 takes the switch into the Fairlane taconite plant with loads of rock from the mine.
After tying onto the string of empties and the air test, DMIR 403 departs Proctor yard for United Taconite's Fairlane facility to load.
After throwing the switches, the all EMD consist led by DMIR 402 comes into Proctor and will yard the train and cut off said power and tie down.
Following a T-Bird train carrying loads of taconite bearing rock and a empty limestone train from the Minntac plant DMIR 409 completes the cycle with it's train of finished product, the taconite p... (more)
Taking favorable signals at Fairlane, DMIR 409 gets up to track speed with it's train of marbles. They will cruise along for a 15 miles or so before taking the siding further down at Kelsey for a ... (more)
CN 2004 heads south after delivering limestone to U.S. Steel's Minntac plant and rolls past a parked CN freight along the double track portion of the CN Missabe Sub.
DMIR 402 slows to a crawl as they approach Proctor Jct. and the end of the line at Proctor yard for this train.
DMIR 402 thunders along with its train of steaming pellets and will shortly pass the Missabe era Saginaw depot which is surprisingly still standing trackside.
IC 9622 leads a short train from Keenan yard heading to switch loads for empties at Dyno Noble, a business that serves the taconite mines for their blasting needs, a cold February morning.
DMIR 400 cruises through the wind whipped snow as they travel north from Two Harbors, MN with empties for U.S. Steel Minntac for loading.
DMIR 409 rumbles south on the CN Missabe Sub after departing U.S. Steel Minntac. They will encounter several northbound CN freights along their way back home to Proctor, MN and the yard.
DMIR 403 rumbles north with empties on the CN Missabe Sub after departing Proctor yard bound for a northern Minnesota taconite mine for loading.