A pair of EMDs still in their former Reserve Mining brown and cream paint scheme sandwich a freshly repainted SD9 (1225 - the last SD9 built) as they roll back to Silver Bay with an empty tailings... (more)
Before NSM received three new GE ES44ACs to test this week there was precedent for having tested GEs in the past. Here three borrowed (from sister railroad LTV Steel Mining Company, which had leas... (more)
First run of leased GEs that will test on EMD-exclusive NSM for four months. The third GE, 1204, will be east facing (it was left in Babbitt while these two were wyed). Rare SD28 1234 is trailing.... (more)
Two of three CREX GEs that NSM is leasing head west on their first trip while SD28-3 1234 tags along for the ride. CREX 1204 stayed at Babbitt and will be the east facing unit in this trio.
Having left the mine at Babbitt, MN a few hours ago, the loads of taconite rock are almost to Silver Bay, MN and the processing plant located there.
A tonnage-reduced and very late running 5AM train works east in temps near -10F. A former GCFX SD40-3 leads (one of three on the roster).
Before acquiring 3000 horsepower SD40-3 units NSM tested a few different models. Here three borrowed GEs move empties back to the mine during a test.
Ore empties head back to the mine for another load.
When NSM received three SD40-3s from Livingston Rebuild Center they traded in a number of older units, including SD18 1228. When the mining railroad experienced a need for extra power LRC loaned t... (more)
As fog rolls in off Lake Superior a sun break shines on empties ready to head back to the mine. This leased unit is scheduled to be returned this month.
654 leads a loaded tailings train through the S curve outside of Silver Bay as it heads to the dump from Silver Bay.
The 11am loads roll past the Toimi ponds with a raw ore train for Silver Bay.
After just cresting the hill in the background the 11am loads start down hill with a raw ore train for Silver Bay. Two and a half weeks after I took this photo Cleveland Cliffs would announce the ... (more)
After dumping it's train of tailings, NSM 653 heads back to Silver Bay and crosses over highway 4.
Dumper job prepares to shove into the shed.