Photo of the Month

December 2015

Double Track and Brakeshoe SmokeDMIR 223 leads a SD40-3 and a SD38 down Proctor Hill as they pass the approach to 40th Ave. in Duluth back 13 years ago on Dec. 8, 2002.The regulars make a bit of smoke as brake for the bottom of the grade passing the searchlight on the still double tracked Proctor Hill. This wasn't the real classic Missabe with such things as high hoods, more smoke, and more left handed running, but the final years of independence were still cool to shoot. 

November 2015

DM&IR 163 had its nose chopped in April 1971 after an accident on Proctor Hill. Along with 186 it was somewhat of a precursor to the SDM program that would start a decade later. Here, 163 is shown with sister 162 coasting along the mainline through Wilpen on the Superior Branch between Keenan and Mitchell (Hibbing) on September 22, 1986. The cars at left are likely empties staged for the nearby mines on the Chisholm Branch. Steve Lorenz photo. 

August 2015

A roundhouse worker washes down a Yellowstone at Two Harbors in preparation for another trip to the Iron Range. During World War II, many women worked on the DM&IR filling vacancies left behind by employees leaving for the war effort overseas. MRHS Archives 

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