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Proctor Hill Budd.

Kent Rengo - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:18

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Proctor Hill Budd.

CN 1501 the track geometry car which CN modified out of a Budd Rail Diesel Car1 inspects the former Missabe's Proctor Hill. It is seen here passing through the Spirit Mountain curve.

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An Angry Nemadji River

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:13

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An Angry Nemadji River

UP 9500 North crosses the rain swollen Nemadji River south of Superior, WI on June 18, 2018. This ORPTB is a loaded coke train from the Twin Cities to Superior where the UP will hand it off to CN who will deliver it to Thunder Bay. BNSF's Hinckley Sub. through here was just reopened a few hours earlier on the morning after weekend mudslides and flooding.

The area south of Superior received torrential rain over the weekend. By this Monday morning this Nemadji River was wreaking havoc with Douglas County highways, closing many roads, making for long detours to the south and east from Superior.

This crossing of the Nemadji is on the far north end of the Hinckley Sub. which was closed most of Sunday. BNSF worked to open the line and by Monday morning trains were rolling again. Later on this Monday a bridge failed about 20 miles south of here near Holyoke, MN. Currently the Hinckley Sub. is out of service while they work to repair that bridge.

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CN 2038

Kent Rengo - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:12

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CN 2038

Dash 8 40C 2038 leads two other wide-bodied 40CM's on a limestone switch job in West Duluth MN near the former Missabe Dock 6.

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06-17-2018 Trio

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:52

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06-17-2018 Trio

A trio of GE's bound for Minntac make their way north at Gilbert, MN on a dreary, overcast afternoon.

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Double Track

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:30

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Double Track

Changes at "Dan's Dip" south of Superior as the second main track from Hawthorne to MP 446 (Rockmont) is now in service. This was the day (June 14) that CN had planned to cut in the new main but when I was there contractors were still tamping ballast in a few spots. Plans are to finish the second track all the way into Superior (Parkland/EZ). The signal shanty says North Hawthorne.

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Close Call

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:16

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Close Call

The American Spirit with a load of ore for Indiana Harbor was pushed by strong currents off its path out of the Duluth harbor and ended up nearly hitting a building. Fortunately they dropped their anchors and stopped just short of impact with the help of shallow water near the wall. The thousand footer was freed later in the evening with the help of two tugs. Fleetmate American Integrity sits at anchor in the distance.

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DMIR 409 North at Bear Trap

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 01:45

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DMIR 409 North at Bear Trap

CN's U716 hustles around the curve at Bear Trap Road between Grand Lake and Burnett, MN on June 15, 2018. DMIR 409, IC 6252, and IC 6255 have 140 empties for Utac in what will most likely be the last summer of EMDs running the ore trains out of Proctor. The 409 has a straight shot up the Missabe Sub. from Adolph all the way to Fairlane on this particular evening.

CN piled up some dirt for some project right next to Center Line Road allowing for just enough elevation to get the ore cars around the curve. Used to be routine to get shots like this a bit further south on Bear Trap Curve, but it has really grown in the past few years.

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Soo Shoving Stacks in Duluth

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 01:24

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Soo Shoving Stacks in Duluth

Soo 4413 shoves a cut of intermodal towards the Port Terminal intermodal ramp on the evening of June 3, 2018. CN’s Duluth Intermodal Terminal opened last year to handle container traffic for customers in and around the Twin Ports. CP transfers the containers over from Superior and spots them here in Duluth.

Not sure how traffic is doing for CN into the ramp but does provide a chance more photos of CP switching on the pavement of the Port Terminal. Before the intermodal, CP was only using the track on the right so cool seeing them use the interesting switch in the "street" again.

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06-16-2018 CSXT on CN

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:39

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06-16-2018 CSXT on CN

Roseport coke loads with CSXT 3469 leading the charge in preparation for the climb up the Laurentian Divide on the CN Rainy Sub.

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06-16-2018 Northbound

Pictures by Missabe Fan - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:34

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06-16-2018 Northbound

CN 2317 roars thru Virginia, MN as they head north on the CN Rainy Sub for Canada.

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Philip R. Clarke

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 13:55

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Philip R. Clarke

Great Lakes Fleet laker Philip R. Clarke moored on the north side of Dock 1 in Two Harbors loading BFT for Gary Works. B&LE 901 is spotting cars above.

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Dock 1 Two Harbors

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 13:55

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Dock 1 Two Harbors

Bessemer 901 spots cars of blast furnace trim on Dock 1 in Two Harbors. Heritage Marine's tug Edward H adds to the scene.

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U736 Rock Job

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 03:37

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U736 Rock Job

The engineer on BLE 907 South still has a good roll on them as the U736 rounds the big curve between Stewart and Waldo on June 14, 2018. By the time the end of the 65 car train clears Big Rock Road here the smell of brakes shoes is in the air, as they continue down the grade towards Lake Superior. The regular 0700 Rock Job crew died at Highland and here a 1700 TH Switch crew finishes the trip for this BFT train.

These Blast Furnace Trim trains run out of Minntac each summer and are fun to catch as they are mostly made up of the old "regular" Missabe ore cars built in the 1940s. Lately this BFT train has been running out of Two Harbors with this pair of Bessemer tunnel motors.

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An EMD Afternoon

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 03:25

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An EMD Afternoon

All four of the trains I shot out of Two Harbors on this afternoon were still using older EMDs. This MRF with CN 5317 leading two C40-8s was the closest I came to shooting a GE. Still haven't shot one of the Dash 8 3-packs on the Iron Range Sub.

CN 5317 North rounding the bend at Rollins, MN with the northbound MRF (L594) heading from Two Harbors to Keenan. The conductor here is on the radio giving more trackage to the BLE 909 North which is following behind using radio blocking. Radio blocking will be a thing of the past once CN finishes their CTC project down the Iron Range Sub.

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BLE 909 North Approaching Waldo

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 03:23

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BLE 909 North Approaching Waldo

CN's U78882-14 is about 4 miles out of Two Harbors on its northbound trip to the Iron Range with 145 ore empties. The four EMDs are roaring past Waldo Road on their way to for an evening load time at Minntac.

The Missabe referred to this location as Divert as that is where the two mains split for their seprate grades down into Two Harbors. The northbound main that BLE 909 is riding is now called the Two Harbors Sub. and is still jointed rail. The old southbound main to the left is the Iron Range Sub. and all the pellets are evidence that loaded trains take this steeper, more direct way down into town.

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Ore, Coal & Stone

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 21:51

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Ore, Coal & Stone

Herbert C. Jackson arrives Duluth with limestone for Hallett Dock 5 while CSL's Thunder Bay loads export ore for Quebec City. In the distance a BNSF coal train unloads at MERC.

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BFT Loads at Fairbanks

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:37

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BFT Loads at Fairbanks

Bessemer 901 and 907 with 65 BFT loads radio blocking behind CN 6013 at Fairbanks, en route to Two Harbors.

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MRF Substitutes

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:32

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MRF Substitutes

With Bessemer 901 and 907 working BFT trains CN borrowed non-ore C40-8 2007 and an SD40-2W for the MRF, shown here at Wales.

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Running Back and Forth

Photos by Kevin Madsen - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:21

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Running Back and Forth

BJRY C415 #701 burbles along the former Rock Island on the riverfront in Burlington, IA on June 13, 2018. The Burlington Junction spent most of this morning dealing with this single scrap car. They made at least two round trips up and down their line with this car. I believe they were weighing and adjusting the load.

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Minorca Loads

Photos by Mr. Missabe - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:15

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Minorca Loads

SD40u 6013 leads C40-8 2039 and sister 6017 downgrade into Two Harbors with Minorca loads.

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