Coming off the double track portion of the CN Missabe sub and onto the connecting track for the turn into United Taconite with carloads of rock with DMIR 404 and sister DMIR 406 in charge on this ... (more)
Departing the United Taconite plant, crossing Highway 7 and taking the right turn onto the Missabe sub to head north back to the mine to reload.
Taking the left turn off the Missabe sub and into the United Fairlane property delivering rock from the mine.
Heading back to Proctor with limestone empties on a cold winter day.
How cool is this in 2022. BLE 906 and sister BLE 909 bring taconite rock loads south and meet up with DMIR 404 and sister DMIR 406 bringing the empties north along the CN Missabe sub.
CN 3000 brings 100 hoppers of taconite pellets down from the U.S. Steel Minntac plant on the almost last day of winter. The crew will yard this first cut at CN Keenan yard, tie onto another 88-ca... (more)
BLE 909 and sister BLE 906 continue to be paired up (thanks, CN!!!) to move rock from United Taconite's Thunderbird mine coarse crusher down to their plant about 10 miles away where it's made into... (more)
BLE 906 and sister BLE 909 continue to load rock at United Taconite's Thunderbird mine coarse crusher while a production truck rumbles by on its way to feed the crusher more material.
DMIR 404 and sister DMIR 406 are currently paired up to move rock from the United Taconite Thunderbird mine down to their Fairlane processing plant 113 cars at a time. Seen passing the former DMI... (more)
What a pair. In a fairly rare occurrence for this job, BLE 906 and BLE 909 are paired up as one set of power for the T-Bird mine shuttles moving rock from the mine to the plant. They look good in... (more)
March 12th and it's minus 15 degrees on this fine late winter morning as CN 5337 leads three other EMD products and 58 empty DMIR difco sidedumps down from the U.S. Steel Minntac plant about to cr... (more)
A nice winter afternoon under clear skies and cold temperatures as CN 2918 brings ore loads south from the mine heading to the plant.
Not every day is sunny and 70.
Heading into the low sun angle of a December winter afternoon, CN 5244 leads the miscellaneous road freight coming up from Two Harbors, MN to be dropped off at CN's Keenan yard.
Twenty thousand tons of taconite pellets leaves Minnesota's Iron Range for a trip down to Convent, LA approximately 1400 miles away.