Come for the nice selection of EMD's still operating across CN's ore roads in NE Minnesota, stay for the weather.
Matched power, 145 ore cars, fresh snow, clear skies and cold temperatures always look good.
Cold and clear sailing back to Proctor, MN for these four EMD vets and fifty-eight limestone empties.
A little distortion from the locomotives somewhat hides the fact they are pulling hard on this northbound pellet train at N. Biwabik. Normally this a southbound move to Two Harbors with the loads ... (more)
A trio of SD40's and old DMIR ore cars loaded to the brim with steaming taconite pellets rolling down the Missabe sub bound for Proctor, MN.
Gliding along with steaming taconite pellets in tow.
A nice pair of SD60's and colorful boxcars head down the Missabe sub planning for a stop a Keenan yard shortly.
Visors are a good idea when traveling towards the low winter light especially after a fresh snow has recently fallen. This crew uses all means available to reduce the glare as they travel south d... (more)
After a quick trackside crew change, CN 2028, with its 145 cars of steaming taconite pellets in tow, responds to the engineer's throttle commands and starts pulling for Two Harbors.
Heading south happens several times a day but heading north on the CN Iron Range sub with steaming pellets is rare. Due to a conveyer belt malfunction this train was rerouted to Proctor, MN inste... (more)
Heading south while a DP unit heads north along the double track portion of the CN Missabe sub.
Track speed on a cold winter afternoon.
Heading south down the Missabe sub past Iron Jct. MN with steaming pellets after leaving the U.S. Steel Minntac plant.
Heading south through Iron Jct. MN on a cold clear day.
Departing the mine and heading to the plant with taconite bearing rock on a very cold winter day. The fog/haze on this cold day is actually from the exhaust plume and the moisture within from the... (more)