Heading back to the mine to reload with taconite bearing rock all the while the snow falls.
As heavy large flakes of snow fall quiet is broken on CN's Iron Range sub as first the hum of three dash 8's and then the steel-on-steel whooshing noise of one hundred forty-five ore cars filled w... (more)
A rare move of still steaming taconite pellets coming north off the CN Iron Range sub and using the east leg of the wye at Iron Jct. to head down the CN Missabe sub to Proctor yard instead of the ... (more)
A CN snow fighter equipped with a jet blower attachment attempts to keep switches snow free on the north end of Keenan yard as more snow falls.
Many railfans have photographed ore trains at this location when visiting the former DMIR but how many times have steaming pellets been photographed moving north at this location? This train was ... (more)
Originating at Ranier, MN with a stop at Keenan yard BLE 906 is now heading down the Missabe sub to Proctor yard.
A cold clear morning and pellets are moving down to Two Harbors behind a trio of dash 8's with 145 cars loaded.
It's quiet, and it's snowing, and trains are running.
A cold day in....northern Minnesota finds BLE 906 and crew coming to the end of the Minntac sub with an empty limestone train bound for Proctor yard after a few hours traveling south down the Miss... (more)
After assembling their train in the yard at Keenan, it's time to come out and hit the Missabe sub for the trip north up to U.S. Steel's Minntac plant for loading these 140 cars with 20,000 tons of... (more)
With their work done at Keenan yard and the train assembled on the main again it's time to dial up the dispatcher and get some signals for the trip heading down to Proctor yard.
Hitting the CN Minntac sub with limestone for U.S. Steel's Minntac taconite plant.
BLE 906 leading L568, traffic from Ranier, MN and Keenan yard, comes through the small community of Alborn, MN on the way to Proctor yard.
Racing down to Proctor yard with traffic from Ranier, MN and Keenan yard, BLE 906 looks good in the low winter light .
Heading back to Proctor yard with an empty limestone train during a snow event.