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.
A pair of NSM SD40-3's work at pulling and pushing heavy wet coarse tailings loads along the Northshore Mining main line as they head up to the mine to deliver these cars. The mine uses the mater... (more)
Shortly after the loads ran by, this empty tailings train with NSM 650 pulling and NSM 651 pushing came rolling along heading back to the plant to reload. With no schedule at all and running only... (more)
The tailings trains drifts back around the S curve at M.P. 6 as they head back to the plant to reload then make the trip back up the grade once again.
The push/pull SD40s on the NSM tailings train grind their way up the grade and through the curves out of Silver Bay as they head for the tailings pond among the brilliant fall colors.
Drifting back down to Silver Bay from the tailing basin.
Tailings train heads away.
Pushing the tailings train back to the plant at Silver Bay. Fall colors are at the peak here in northern Minnesota.
An empty tailings train heads back to the ore processing plant at Silver Bay with an essence of fall color on the trees.
Off to dump tailings.
A loaded tailings train heads to the Milepost 7 basin with one SD40-3 on either end.
A 30-car tailings train with an SD40-3 on either end (you can see the other unit between the cars on the right) prepares to ease under the loadout at Silver Bay.
Just before the CREX ES44ACs roll past, a bonus--tailings run up the hill from Silver Bay.
A pair of EMDs still in their former Reserve Mining brown and cream paint scheme sandwich a freshly repainted SD9 (1225 - the last SD9 built) as they roll back to Silver Bay with an empty tailings... (more)