Temp -24F, windchill -40F.
A shortened 76-car "first section" of the early morning 5AM train kicks up snow as it greets the rising sun. If this looks cold it was - the train is heading east for Silver Bay with an air temp o... (more)
With the detector at milepost 36 recording the air temp at -24F, this "second section" of the 05:00 train works east towards Silver Bay with 80 loads. When the temp dips below -5F NSM cuts their t... (more)
NSM 650 leads 656 and 653 east towards Silver Bay with 156 loads of ore.
The midday train returns to the mine after dumping its crude ore in Silver Bay.
On a road dominated by SD40 type units, to catch a pair of veterans leading a loaded ore train is a real treat. SD18 1231 and rare SD28 1236 have the honors today.
One of three rare SD28s on NSM heads back to Babbitt after using locomotive air to clean switches at Norshor Junction. Sister 1235 is undergoing a complete rebuild at NRE.
With a nearby detector reporting an air temp of -19F, this cold-shortened ore train makes its way towards Silver Bay.
Loaded course trailings train with DPU SD40-3s on either end heads towards Babbitt for unloading.
The "noon" loaded ore train (actually departed at 13:30) rolls towards Silver Bay with 156 cars.
NSM 650 leads CN's MRF down the Wales Branch. At Wales it will be wyed into trailing position.
Brightening up the scene today on Northshore Mining was this leased SD40, as it lead two blue and white SD40-2s an 156 cars of crude taconite towards Silver Bay.
With the nearby detector announcing -18F and a strong wind chill out of the NW at -37F, a shortened ore train (75 cars) makes its way to Silver Bay.
Crude taconite train rolls east for Silver Bay with a leased Alaska GP40-2 in the consist.
Two leased Alaska GP40-2s help on the loaded 130-car ore train.