Photo of the Month

January 2019

A summer 1958 overhead view of Proctor yard, looking west/north. Two sets of Great Northern F units sit just outside the enginehouse, leased to handle an upsurge in traffic. On the left side of the photo appears to be a Steelton transfer as evidenced by the caboose positioned on the south end of the cut of loaded ore cars, ready to depart for Adolph and the Interstate branch. A few Yellowstone tenders stick out of the roundhouse. DM&IR photograph, MRHS Collection.

December 2018

Natural ore would freeze when the temperatures dropped and required heating to loosen up in order to dump in the docks. Until the infrared heater was built in Two Harbors, this was done with steam from engines which was piped to the cars. In an early undated photograph, Duluth & Iron Rage 4-8-0 #67 is in ore thawing service at Two Harbors. MRHS Collection

November 2018

During the shipping season of 1955, the DM&IR tested EMD's SD9 locomotive. EMD 5591 was painted in what became the Missabe's second diesel paint scheme with a unique herald applied to the side of the cab. This demonstrator proved successful as the railroad placed an order for 10 SD9s for delivery in 1956 (101-110). This unit came back to the Missabe as DM&IR 110 and was sent to the B&LE in 1967. Of note is the non standard fuel tank with what appears to be EMD applied weights to get this engine to 387,000 pounds on driver.

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