Gritty and grimy is the life of a taconite hauler in the CN Two Harbors ore pool.
Another southbound taconite train from U.S. Steel Minntac with a destination of Convent, LA for overseas export.
Under a diffused sun, a trio of black IC's move pellets south as clouds move along in the sky.
IIRC this is the train that brought all the boys to the yard. A trio of BLE tunnels sit in the siding at the former DWP yard at Virginia with their train of limestone loads after a trip to the Mi... (more)
A sunny afternoon trip back to Proctor with almost empty side dumps after delivering limestone to U.S. Steel Minntac.
The Keenan switch job bringing back a healthy cut of sand cars from out of storage on the former Erie Mining Co. property.
A cold day and hot taconite pellets collide as they mingle on the trip down the CN Missabe sub to Proctor yard.
A cold morning as evident by the heat distortion off the locomotives and the exhaust from the Minntac taconite plant located about 12 miles back.
A little snow is falling as DMIR 409 heads north with limestone loads for the Minorca taconite plant.
The red nose of CN amongst the yellows and oranges of fall foliage.
Typical fall day across northern Minnesota except for the trio of BLE's adding a little color.
Hot pellets from the Cleveland-Cliffs United Taconite plant roll south towards the yard at Proctor on a nice fall day.
Hot pellets from the Cleveland-Cliffs United Taconite plant roll across the big steel bridge over Cloquet river passing below a giant white pine as they keep moving on towards the yard at Proctor,... (more)
That low winter light looks good plastered on the side of this all EMD power set and ore cars complete with a little bit of steam rising as the cold air mingles with the fresh taconite pellets.
Its minus 34 degrees at daybreak and BLE 900 pops out of the shadows at N. Fairlane with U711 in tow for Proctor.