The R901 job out of Keenan usually has about 5 or 6 cars when they come back and usually come back much earlier in the day but today they have 181 cars total and 7500 feet behind them with 174 san... (more)
Along with their normal task of switching the Dyno Nobel facility outside Biwabik, today's R901 Keenan job also had the project of retrieving 174 sand empties from storage on the former Erie Minin... (more)
The last slivers of light illuminate the R901 with it's 732 total axels that are coming off the CN Iron Range Sub and heading south on the CN Missabe Sub at Iron Jct. with sand empties from storag... (more)
Three IC's lead taconite loads about to pass under the Highway 33 bridge at Saginaw as they head to Proctor.
IC 6252 leads taconite loads under the former DW&P main at Munger as they head to Proctor yard.
After the triple set of BLE orange units came the triple set of DMIR 40's and now here's the latest installment of cool things on the former Missabe, the IC 40's in triplicate. IC 6252 leads pell... (more)
It's always nice to be able to pull over and just listen as these old veterans approach at track speed doing what they are supposed to do and that's earn revenue for the CN mothership.
Snow falls and flies around as this train travels back to the mine to reload.
Approaching S. Fairlane back through N. Fairlane and with the tail end still crossing over the St. Louis River, CN 3853 leads about 20,000 tons of taconite pellets along the CN Missabe Sub.
Heavy snow is falling as CN 2107 approaches the road crossing at Highway 7.
As the thick cloud cover clears away, DMIR 400, DMIR 406 and DMIR 409 call to depart Minntac for Two Harbors with favorable signals for the start of the journey they drop down the hill at m.p. 5 o... (more)
It's a cold morning hauling hot taconite pellets as IC 6254 emerges from the shadows heading south for Proctor, MN.
The clouds cleared just in time as three DMIR SD40-3's and 145 Missabe ore cars loaded with taconite pellets roar by at track speed.
After switching the Minntac commercial yard, it's back to Keenan yard for the R901 crew and these empty bentonite hoppers.
Heading back to their yard after picking up rock loads from Laurentian Aggregates.