Photo of the Month

August 2019

It's very apparent that the steam era is ending on the Missabe in this December 15, 1959 photo of the Virginia engine house. There are no steam engines in sight, only a few SD9s and an SW-9. DM&IR photograph, MRHS Archives

July 2019

A ballast regulator stands ready to clear the right-of-way of snow at Biwabik, while SD38-2 #215 and train wait in the yard for a fresh crew to take them to Two Harbors. DM&R photograph, MRHS collection.

June 2019

Before the 400 series SD40-3 rebuilds arrived on property, the Missabe tested several different styles of 3,000 hp turbocharged locomotives. In 1995, Helm Financial SD40-3's with CLC (Computerized Locomotive Controls) were tested. These proved successful and were followed with an order for 20 locomotives. One of the demonstrations is pictured at Biwabik with trailing SDM 306 running in isolation from the two lead engines. Operationally, these engines allowed the railroad to largely reduce Iron Range trains from 3 locomotives to 2 and eliminate the crew change at Biwabik.

April 2019

Remarkably, DM&N 2-8-0 #306 was rebuilt twice during its life. Here it is shown being picked up after a run away on the Duluth docks. Even after all that, the engine was finally retired in 1948 after 46 years in service. photographer unknown, MRHS Archives.

March 2019

Longtime Edna G captain Adoph Ojard looks on while the crew helps dock the Irving S Olds at Two Harbors. The Olds was built in 1942 and shared the distinction as the longest boat on the Great Lakes until 1950. Basgen Photography, MRHS Collection

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