A cold early morning departure has some steam coming off the new pellets as they descend down the hill from the Minntac taconite plant.
Coming up from Proctor to load at United Taconite before returning back to Proctor and all the while not seeing much but the fog covered landscape.
Moving along under the cover of fog.
The crew has finished loading 145 ore cars up at Minntac has called for signals to depart and head back towards Two Harbors. RTC has given them the lights to proceed.
After completing their work at Keenan yard, CN 5485 has reassembled the train and starts to pull on Main 1 and thus starting the race to the end of the double track section on the CN Missabe sub a... (more)
A long empty all-rail taconite train slows for the upcoming stop before shoving into Keenan yard where the train will be split and staged until their load time at the U.S. Steel Minntac plant beco... (more)
A quiet Saturday morning that still has some patchy fog hanging in the air finds a three-person crew performing some switching moves alongside the Blandin paper mill near downtown Grand Rapids, MN... (more)
A quiet and foggy Saturday morning finds newly placed Great Northern caboose X-259 (built 1948) sitting on rails beside the city of Bemidji’s Great Northern Depot which was James J. Hill’s las... (more)
CTRR 36 pulls a long cut of cars out of the yard at the Sappi mill (out of sight behind the trees) thus providing a rare catch of the former UP MP15 with cars on the bridge over the St. Louis Rive... (more)
Shuffling cars around for the Sappi mill.
DMIR 404 coming off the siding at Coons along the CN Missabe sub as the trip to Proctor yard continues.
Revenue moving south down the CN Rainy sub.
Light snow falls as BLE 903 gets underway back to Proctor yard after loading and now leaving United Taconite with ore.
The two local jobs, one from Keenan yard doing work spotting boxcars for storage and then serving a blasting company, and the other from Two Harbors bringing interchange to Keenan yard cross paths... (more)
Ore from the Minorca mine moves south as the sun begins to rise over the trees.