After waiting for a unit oil train to roll south across the Ramshaw diamond in front of them, CN 2015 is back underway towards Minntac just seconds before the sun is lost for the day.
Staring at red signals, CN 2015 and crew is stopped and waiting near the Ramshaw diamond for a southbound oil train that's currently coming down the CN Rainy sub.
Oil vs Ore. This time the oil won as they cross over the Ramshaw diamond first while an empty taconite train holds at the signal on the CN Iron Range sub. watching them go by.
Running at track speed, CN 3061 leading a unit train of oil cans roars through the small community of Orr, MN (pop. 267) as they travel from Canada to points south down the CN Rainy Sub.
Running at track speed, CN 2991 roars through the small community of Cook, MN (pop 574 or so and m.p. 100) as they travel from Canada to points south down the CN Rainy Sub. The pre-spring melt is ... (more)
Empties north from Two Harbors, MN to U.S. Steel Minntac and then back to Two Harbors, MN. Load, dump, repeat.
After delivering product to the U.S. Steel Minntac plant, limestone empties now continue their way back south to Proctor, MN
Always nice to see trains being led by DMIR engines pulling DMIR ore cars on the Missabe Sub in NE Minnesota. Never mind the CN paint or the trailing Dash 8, that SD40-3 still sounded good as it ... (more)
After bringing four loads out to Dyno Nobel and performing switching duties swapping said loads for these four empties, CN 2112 and crew return down the east leg of the wye here at Iron Jct. as th... (more)
Empties from Two Harbors make their way north along the now featureless CN Iron Range Sub near Fayal. Not long ago there were searchlights and code line along here but now the searchlights have s... (more)
A trio of EMD's and 138 veteran DMIR ore jennies make their way south on the CN Missabe Sub with pellet loads from U.S. Steel Minntac to the yard at Proctor, MN.
Out of the Minorca mine thru Minorca Jct. and down the CN Rainy sub with a right turn at Shelton Jct. onto the CN Missabe sub passing thru DW&P Jct. With several hours of the trip to go, CN 2001 i... (more)
Reaching the half way point, CN 2028 is south on the CN Iron Range sub at Allen Jct. with 145 loads of still fresh taconite pellets following behind.
DMIR 408 rolls quietly off CN dock 6 and begins the charge back up Proctor Hill to the yard.