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Photo ID: 761746

An empty tailings train rolls through a frosted forest setting as it heads back to Silver Bay from Babbitt.

Railroad: Northshore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Jordan, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: 0500 Tailings
Photo Date: January 10, 2021


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By: Dave Schauer

Added: Jan 31, 2021

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Photo ID: 760737

After delivering cars of tailings to the mine at Babbitt, MN NSM 653 is headed back east towards the plant at Silver Bay, MN roughly 44 miles away.

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Babbitt, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Tailings
Photo Date: January 03, 2021


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jan 21, 2021

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Photo ID: 593778

With their 1x1 power configuration, an empty tailings train runs down into Silver Bay among the peak fall colors.

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 07, 2016


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By: Adam Wells

Added: Oct 24, 2016

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Photo ID: 556457

On a otherwise quiet and tranquil late winter afternoon, NSM 653 breaks that quiet and tranquility momentarily as it and two other SD40-3's chase the sun to the horizon working up hill out of the ... (more)

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Empties
Photo Date: December 29, 2014


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By: Todd M.

Added: Nov 29, 2015

Views: 1,332
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Photo ID: 528077

A 15-car train of ore tailings clears Highway 61 as SD40-3 651 leads and 653 shoves hard on the steep grade out of the plant. The mining company was working on their normal tailings loadout up on ... (more)

Railroad: Northshore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: 0500 Tailings
Photo Date: April 15, 2015


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By: Dave Schauer

Added: Apr 22, 2015

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Photo ID: 512611

As the last light of the day holds on, NSM 653 leads empties out of the Lake Superior basin from Silver Bay back to the mine at Babbitt, MN.

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Beaver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Empties
Photo Date: December 29, 2014


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By: Todd M.

Added: Jan 01, 2015

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Photo ID: 414284

After dumping it's train of tailings, NSM 653 heads back to Silver Bay and crosses over highway 4.

Railroad: Northshore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: NSM Tailings
Photo Date: November 02, 2012


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By: Steven Mckay

Added: Nov 08, 2012

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Photo ID: 409861

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Tailings
Photo Date: September 15, 2012


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By: Lester Zmudzinski

Added: Sep 22, 2012

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Photo ID: 392894

A short transfer to be interchanged with CN heads uphill as the loads of taconite rock come downhill on the NSM mainline outside Silver Bay.

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: CN Interchange
Photo Date: February 12, 2012


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By: Todd M.

Added: Mar 23, 2012

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Photo ID: 383654

A mere 15 miles off pavement and down a logging road into the woods of northern Minnesota you will come across the Skibo Road crossing at M.P. 43 on the NSM RR. Rumor had it this was the most remo... (more)

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: 1100 Loads
Photo Date: December 11, 2011


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By: Todd M.

Added: Dec 12, 2011

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Photo ID: 366155

A pleasant early evening trip to the tailings basin for NSM 653 and NSM 654.

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Tailings
Photo Date: June 11, 2011


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By: Missabefan

Added: Jun 15, 2011

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Photo ID: 362569

NSM 653 leads an EMD lease unit and a recently arrived ex-GCFX/WC SD40-3 downgrade towards Silver Bay with 155 loads. Also on the train was NREX SD40-2 5418.

Railroad: Northshore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Beaver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Noon Loads
Photo Date: May 06, 2011


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By: Dave Schauer

Added: May 06, 2011

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Photo ID: 359817

After serving as the a dpu unit on the tailings train, the crew put NSM 653 on it's own little train with five cars from the plant being brought up to Norshore Jct. which is where the NSM RR and t... (more)

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Extra
Photo Date: April 08, 2011


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By: Missabefan

Added: Apr 09, 2011

Views: 2,145
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Photo ID: 334204

True North Country railroading. In a very rare scene, Northshore Mining heads out to receive passenger cars brought by the CN (Missabe) with big power.

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Norshor Jct, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 08, 2010


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By: Max Medlin

Added: Aug 10, 2010

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Photo ID: 330901

Myself and Kale McConnell spent 20 hours following these cars from the Lake Superior Railroad Museum to Babbitt, MN (for which there are no paved roads into, but thats another 3 stories) Here, in... (more)

Railroad: North Shore Mining
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Norshor Jct, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: NSM 653
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 08, 2010


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By: Max Medlin

Added: Jul 09, 2010

Views: 4,204
Comments: 2

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