Photo of the Month

July 2016

Local power sets and cabooses rest outside of the Biwabik enginehouse during early to mid 1970s. Biwabik was a major terminal for both the D&IR and DM&N, originating and terminating many natural ore trains. By the time the photo was taken, the yard was down to a few jobs. 

June 2016

Towards the end of her life, the Edna G assists the Philip R Clarke and Roger Blough as they both take on another load of ore from the docks at Two Harbors. Photo mid-1970s. MRHS Archives. All Rights Reserved.

May 2016

DM&IR SD40-3s 404 and 402 lead a train of taconite through Fairbanks Minnesota on October 7, 1996 on the way to Two Harbors. 404 and 402 are both less than a year old in their current version at the time of the photo, having been delivered to the DM&IR in January 1996. Both were rebuilt from Southern Pacific SD45T-2 "tunnel motors" by Helm. The Missabe would eventually roster 20 similar units with many surviving into the CN era. Photo by Steve Glischinski.

April 2016

DM&IR General Manager and Vice President Don Shank passes a golden spike to Foreman Jim Oswald to celebrate the completion of relaying ribbon rail on the Iron Range Division on September 3, 1976. DM&IR photo, MRHS collection.

March 2016

Recently purchased (1975) DM&IR SD38-2s 213 and 209 pose on the Cloquet River Bridge at Burnett for a publicity shot in 1978 for the Missabe's annual calendar. DM&R photograph, MRHS archives collection.

February 2016

Extra South 174 passes through Waldo with its destination of the arrival yard in Two Harbors only minutes away on a sunny August 2, 1975. Shortly after this location, the mainlines will split and the train will take the steeper southbound main into town. In less than 5 years, lead engine DM&IR SD18 174 will be chosen to start the SDM rebuilding program at Proctor and emerge as DM&IR 301. The boxcars on the right are at the J.C. Cambell lumber mill, which opened in 1964. Photo by Steve Glischinski. 

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