Photo of the Month

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

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


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