A trio of Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad units (909, 904, 903) bring up 145 ore cars from Two Harbors to be loaded at U.S. Steel Minntac with approximately 15,000 tons of taconite pellets.
As the suns taps the horizon, CN 2018 comes to a stop on the main and will wait on the arrival of an empty train coming north on the CN Iron Range sub.
A trio of GE's show some life when the engineer tugs the throttle to gain a little speed to move these taconite loads.
With snow falling, CN 2018 splits the new still not in use signals at the small location know as Allen Jct. MN which is roughly the half way point on the return trip back to Two Harbors on the CN ... (more)
With snow falling, empties meet loads at Gilbert, MN on the CN Iron Range sub.
As the snow falls, CN 2018 continues the southbound leg of the trip passing through the yard at Biwabik with a destination back to the yard at Two Harbors, MN.
Snow falling and the hum of steel wheels on the rails.
Running south on the CN Missabe sub back to the yard at Proctor with a string of empty DMIR Difco side dumps that were used to deliver limestone to the U.S. Steel Minntac plant at Mountain Iron, M... (more)
Gliding around the curve while on the approach to U.S. Steel Minntac property.
Almost to the end of the CN Iron Range sub, the crew gives a friendly wave as they continue north.
A mixed freight passing through Virginia, MN while heading north on the CN Rainy Sub with a climb up and over the Laurentian Divide coming up shortly then it's on to the border at Rainer, MN in a ... (more)
A few miles into the trip from United Taconite back to Proctor, MN the sun makes a quick appearance on BLE 900 before ducking back into the overcast sky.
After loading their train, BLE 900 takes the signals out of the yard at United Taconite to enter the CN Missabe Sub for the trip back to Proctor, MN.
Northbound on the running track at Sparta, IC 6253 pushes snow as the northbound trek from Two Harbors to U.S. Steel Minntac at Mountain Iron continues while heavy snow persists.
A trio of GE's ply the unseen rails pulling taconite loads as snow continues to fall across Minnesota's Iron Range.