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Friday Flashback - WC E-Rail at Ambridge

As a build-on to what Kevin posted last night, here is a WC all-rail Minorca ore train to Escanaba rolling over the bridge west of Ambridge on the Interstate Branch. I really miss these seasonal moves as they provided some nice ROC in my backyard.

Cliffs and United Steelworkers Agree to Short-term Labor Contract Extension

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced today a short-term extension of its labor contract with the United Steelworkers (USW) since both parties have not reached a new agreement. The parties have agreed that the Union will not strike and the Company will not lock out until 48 hours after providing written notice to the other party of their intent to be released from this no strike/no lockout commitment.

The contract extension covers approximately 2,400 USW-represented workers at Cliffs' Empire and Tilden mines in Michigan, and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota. The extension will keep the mines operating while negotiations continue.  The Company began this round of collective bargaining with the United Steelworkers in early May with the objective of reaching a new labor agreement. 

Cliffs stated that the Company remains committed to the negotiation process and intends to reach a fair and equitable agreement.

Reflections on a Sunday

With the forecast for another hot and humid (but initially sunny) day Gus and I headed out early expecting to be done early
due to the hazy conditions.

Our first stop was Proctor and a view of the yard. Nice to see 215 still working the Proctor Switch.

Calling the Diesel House.....

Caught an interesting power set this afternoon moving commercial cars from BNSF Rice's Point to Proctor as IC 6251 and 6252 charged up the hill in perfect light. Now all we need is to have Proctor put 6250 on the north end and our Centralia trio will be back together.

Eveleth-Virginia BNSF/CN Internet Scanner Feed

A live internet radio scanner feed is now available from the Eveleth-Virginia area on the Minnesota Iron Range that covers both the Canadian National on the Rainy, Missabe and Iron Range subs as well as the BNSF on the Casco and maybe even a little from the Lakes Sub.

Rio Grande Patch on Job 61

UP's Job 61 has been sporting a Rio Grande patched GP60 (UP 1901) since Labor Day. I missed it for most of Sept., but have been able to catch it a few times.

Late last month, I saw the 1901 and 702 switching Dave Evans so I waited a few blocks from our house and got this shot on the former CNW where they have been doing much track work.

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The Grande unit looks pretty good except when the glare catches it at a certain angle. Still nice getting the UP on the south end of the massive Nemadji River bridge.

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Friday Flashback - ILS Leasers 1996

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Just the other day I was thinking about the neat power we have been able to shoot over the past three springs (EJ&E units in 2009, a pair of Soo GP40s in 2010, and solid set of B&LE 900s this year) and it reminded me of a similar occurrence in the spring of 1996 when the Soo Line leased a pair of freshly painted Independent Locomotive Service (ILSX) units and used them around the Twin Ports for a few weeks.

Bemidji Local in Scanlon

Was only in Cloquet for a couple few hours yesterday to attend a funeral of a good friend. We arrived in town a little early and decided to see if the Cloquet Terminal RR was working the paper mill, that is when we saw Mr Madsen come flying by. I then knew that the Bemidji local must be close by. A quick call to Kevin confirmed that and we spun around and followed him to the Highway 45 overpass in Scanlon.

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Shawn Christie
Minnetonka, MN

CN Helpers On Saturday

Last Saturday was a beautiful day and was able to catch a few things around town including the Pokegama Helpers which are still CN SD60Fs 5527 and 5548.

M-347 called to leave Pokey around 0830 so I headed onto the hill for the shot of Becks Rd. with the cowl helpers dodging the shadows as they shove back.

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The helpers were suppose to return right back down after cutting off on the fly and shove the Proctor Transfer (L509) up the hill, but that crew was running out of time and there was other traffic on the hill, so a 1000 crew took over.

The Proctor Transfer finally was finally turned loose around noon, so I returned to Steelton Hill for a couple of shots. Here the 5527 and 48 help the transfer up the hill midday.

316 Opens New Bridge

The MRHS's 316 handled 8 empty covered hoppers to Marbles for storage this morning and in the process became the first train to use the new overpass on scenic Highway 61just west of Knife River. Ken Buehler had media on hand to record the event (NBC/CBS channel 3/6 was the one I noticed).

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Dave Schauer
Missabe Railroad Historical Society
Publications Chair
Duluth, MN


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