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Lots of EMDs

Photos by Mr. Missabe - 1 hour 18 min ago

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Lots of EMDs

Six ore pool EMDs plus two SD38-2s at the north end of Proctor yard. Lurking in the upper left behind the diesel house are three C40-8s...

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02-09-2018 Arriving Proctor

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:41

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02-09-2018 Arriving Proctor

DMIR 402 pulls their train of Minntac pellets into the yard at Proctor.

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02-09-2018 Iron Jct

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:41

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02-09-2018 Iron Jct

Minntac pellets going to Proctor glide through Iron Jct. on a cold February morning.

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Limestone Loads in March 2005

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 03:56

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Limestone Loads in March 2005

Back when the Missabe ran the show on Proctor Hill, they didn't have 4000hp GEs to lug the limestone loads from Duluth to Proctor in 58 car cuts, so they brought the side dumps up in seperate cuts of 30 and 28 cars, making for double the northbound trips up the 2.2% Proctor Hill. That meant you could get non-turbo SD-Ms and SD38s sounding great, bringing the loads up to Proctor.

This is now a CN train in this shot, but they pretty much operated the Proctor Roadswitches the same way, so here you have 2 SD-Ms and a SD38 sounding great lugging Minntac loads past MP2 on Proctor Hill. DMIR 316, 317, and 203 are the power on this March day back in 2005.

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Sunday CN PRS in 2006

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 03:52

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Sunday CN PRS in 2006

Twelve years ago we find the morning Proctor Roadswitch departing its namesake with betonite empties for BNSF Rice's Point not too far from where I posted a couple of PRS shots from this week.

This Sunday February morning was a cold one, like many that we have experienced this year. However you would no longer find a trio of maroon SD38-types hauling BNSF empty hoppers out of Proctor. All of these maroons have since been retired by CN and all of the Range interchange between CN and BNSF now moves through Pokegama.

The lead unit DM&IR 200 would last until 2008 before being retired by CN. The trailing 209 and 206 would be retired the next year by CN in 2007.

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Replacements

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:09

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Replacements

An empty Minorca with four EMDs meets three GEs on a Minntac load at Iron Junction. The long rumored replacement of older EMD units on ore trains is happening with CN electing to equip C40-8s with straight air.

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Winds of Change

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:09

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Winds of Change

A trio of C40-8s recently modified with straight air piping and controls heads south from Minntac toward Two Harbors. This might be the first use of a solid GE set on an ore train to Two Harbors. CN will use 3 C40s to replace 4 EMD models on trains to Two Harbors and a 2 for 3 reduction on ore trains out of Proctor. I lucked out here as it was thick cloud cover right before the train arrived and it clouded up again just after it passed. Too bad CN didn't wash them after being modified.

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Changes on the Range

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:09

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Changes on the Range

This trio of ex-C&NW C40-8s was moved to Two Harbors yesterday and this morning took an empty train to Minntac for loading. This might very well be the first solid trio of GEs on an ore train to Two Harbors.

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Bentonite Express

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:09

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Bentonite Express

The Keenan Switch (R901) with B&LE 900 heads south from Minntac with 13 empty hoppers.

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Limping Toward Proctor

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:09

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Limping Toward Proctor

A Minntac East pellet load limps down the Minntac Sub with 403 dead and drained and lead 6252 with two traction motors cut out. They made it to Proctor. Hopefully 403's ailment doesn't spell the end of its career given the influx of C40-8s in the ore pool.

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Limestone Empties South

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:09

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Limestone Empties South

CN 2449 hustles a train of empty side dump cars south at Fairlane.

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Empty Limestone

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:31

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Empty Limestone

A barn C40-8M leads two standard cab C40s out of Proctor and down Proctor Hill on February 15, 2018. CN 2449 leads on this blustery afternoon.

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Another View

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 03:07

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Another View

Another angle from a week ago when 403 and 215 found themselves in close proximity at the north end of Proctor yard. Long live the Missabe!

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Calling X-7

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 02:37

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Calling X-7

I'm not sure if Greg used X-7 to rerail 423, but it could have handled the job easily. This was between Trego and Spooner before 423 was repainted in Great Northern colors.

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Missabe's Little Monster

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 02:37

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Missabe's Little Monster

Not so little. Wrecking crane X-7 was bought new to rerail the Yellowstones, where its 250-ton-capacity would prove worth the investment. Shown here in Spooner on Wisconsin Great Northern in 2001 (it is still on the railroad today). Greg has since moved all of his equipment out of town to his headquarters near Trego.

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Fresh Blue

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 01:52

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Fresh Blue

On one of their first trips as a set, three rebuilt SD40s from LRC in numerical order lead an 11AM taconite load toward Silver Bay on December 21, 1999. Boy did they look great, although it meant the days of older EMD SD18/28 sets were numbered. The south track to Babbitt was still in when I shot this.

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Missabe Heritage

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 01:37

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Missabe Heritage

C40-8s might be knocking on Heaven's Door but for now these EMD veterans are still the real show.

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02-10-2018 First

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 00:36

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02-10-2018 First

First, a train load of taconite bearing rock.

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02-10-2018 Second

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 00:36

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02-10-2018 Second

Then add some limestone to the mix.

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02-10-2018 Final product

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 00:36

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02-10-2018 Final product

Then crush it, cook it and ship it out as steaming taconite pellets.

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