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Busy Docks

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This image doesn’t show a train but does show why CN is quite interested in expanding its former DM&IR Lakehead storage facility (to the left) to handle limestone separately from ore.  The Great Lakes Fleet tug-barge Presque Isle is loading ore at the shiploader while the Joe Block with its cargo of Minorca limestone is waiting to gain access to the unloading hopper. The Block had to wait at least 12 hours for the Presque Isle to clear. In the distance the Callaway is heading out of Duluth towards Two Harbors for a load of Minntac pellets after depositing Minntac limestone at Hallett Dock. When CN expands Lakehead the Block and Callaway will be able to unload at the same time on the south face of the expanded dock using their self-unloading booms and piling directing to the pad. Plus, the extra space will allow for both Minntac and Minorca limestone to be handled through Lakehead versus using Hallett.  

Dave Schauer

Duluth, MN