Missabe Ore Cars

The Missabe's equipment roster has largely concerned itself with ore cars of one sort or another. Both the D&IR and DM&N created rosters of similar equipment, although, at first, the specifications from each reflected the different personalities of each railroads' officials. As the two companies came together under common ownership, common standards emerged.

The ore car began as a relatively short 24-foot standard, owing to the weight of iron ore and the wood construction of cars in the 1880's. Both railroads rostered wooden ore cars, some built by local shops, some by Pullman Standard. By the 1910's, demand for volume of ore was such that the first steel cars were received. These cars were of 50-ton capacity. Variations existed, as each successive order of cars seemed to try out a new innovation, including rib sides, different doors, long end platforms and panel sides.

In the 1930's, capacity was increased to a 70-ton car, and from then on out, the 70-ton car followed consistent design, even though orders alternated between ACF and Pullman Standard through 1957 when the last order of ore cars was placed. Beginning in the 1960's, side extensions were added to some ore cars to increase volume capacity on cars hauling the less dense taconite pellet.

Having almost reached the end of their lives, the ore car fleet is old, dwindling in numbers due to FRA mandated retirements, and failure from years of hard service. The Missabe has acquired side-dump cars from Minntac, and is in the process of refurbishing them for flux stone service. It is also looking at the possibility of acquiring new ore cars, and expects a major purchase at the turn of the century.


Duluth & Iron Range

Car Class Number Qty in Series Build Date Type Stencil Weight Car Capacity Cubic Contents Builder Image
Ore Car 3045-3049 5 1911 Steel 100000 Northwestern Steam Boiler Co
Ore Car D 201-3048 308 1892 Wood 24000 50000
Ore Car D1 3050-3399 350 1900 Steel Rib 29000 120000 670
Ore Car D2 3400-3449 50 1903 Steel Rib 32000 120000 880
Ore Car D3 3450-3899 450 1903 Steel Rib 33000 120000 680
Ore Car D3 3900-4399 500 1905 Steel Rib 32000 120000 690
Ore Car D4 4400-4899 500 1906 Steel Rib 32000 120000 710
Ore Car D4 9000-9699 700 1906 Steel Rib 32000 120000 710
Ore Car E5 9700-10499 800 1909 Steel Panel 32000 120000 650
Ore Car E6 11250-11399 150 1910 Steel Panel 32700 120000 715
Ore Car E6 11400-11499 100 1910 Steel Panel 32500 120000 680
Ore Car E7 10500-11249 750 1910 Steel Panel 32100 120000 650
Ore Car E8 11500-12299 800 1913 Steel Panel
Ore Car E9 12300-12499 200 1913 Steel Rib
Ore Car E10 12500-12749 250 1916 Steel Rib
Ore Car E11 12750-13249 500 1916 Steel Panel
Ore Car E12 13500-13999 500



Duluth, Missabe and Northern

Car Class Number Qty in Series Build Date Type Stencil Weight Car Capacity Cubic Contents Builder Image
 Ore Car 18000-18004 5 1911 Steel 100000 Northwestern Steam Boiler Co
Ore Car S 1401-2000 600 1896 Wood 24300 50000 305
Ore Car T 6000-7707 1708 1898 Wood 26700 70000 454
Ore Car U 8000-8004 5 1899 Steel Rib 28500 100000 668
Ore Car U1 8005-8354 350 1903 Steel Rib 32200 100000 680
Ore Car U2 8355-8404 50 1903 Steel Rib 32000 100000 682
Ore Car U3 8405-9954 1550 1905 Steel Rib 32200 100000 689
Ore Car U4 100-849 750 1906 Steel Rib 32200 100000 689
Ore Car U5 12000-12026 27 1910 Steel Panel 32500 100000
Ore Car U6 14000-14149 150 1910 Steel Panel 32700 100000 669
Ore Car U7 16000-17649 750 1910 Steel Panel 32600 100000 667
Ore Car U8 (?)
Ore Car U9 14500-15499 1000 1913 Steel Panel 34500 100000 669
Ore Car U10 19000-19999 1000 1914 Steel Panel 34400 100000 704
Ore Car U11 20000-20000 1 1915 Steel Panel 100000
Ore Car U11 20001-21000 1000 1916 Steel Panel 43500 100000 704
Ore Car U12 21001-21026 26 1925 Steel Panel 49300 140000 935
Ore Car U13 21101-21125 25 1925 Steel Panel 47600 140000 1046
Ore Car U14 22001-22125 125 1928 Steel Panel 47200 140000 935
Ore Car U15 23001-23125 125 1928 47800 140000 943
Ore Car U16 23171-23177 7 1931 Steel Panel 50600 140000 1080
Ore Car U17 23975-24799 825 1938 Steel Panel 43400 140000 1000
Ore Car U17 24800-24999 200 1937 Steel Panel 41000 140000 1000 Pullman Standard
Ore Car U18 25000-25499 500 1937 Steel Panel 43900 140000 1000 GATX



Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range

Car Class Ending Number Qty in Series Build Date Type Stencil Weight Car Capacity Cubic Contents Builder Image
Ore Car U10 25500-25999 500 1942 Steel Panel 43400 154000 1000 Pullman Standard
Ore Car U20 26000-26499 500 1942 Steel Panel 43300 154000 1000 GATX
Ore Car U21 26500-26999 500 1942 Steel Panel 43200 154000 1000 ACF
Ore Car U22 27000-27499 500 1943 Steel Panel 43300 154000 1000 Pressed Steel Car
Ore Car U23 27500-27999 500 1948 Steel Panel 44100 154000 1000 Pullman Standard
Ore Car U24 28000-28499 500 1948 Steel Panel 44100 154000 1000 ACF
Ore Car U25 28500-28999 500 1948 Steel Panel 44200 154000 1000 Pressed Steel Car
Ore Car U26 29000-29499 500 1948 Steel Panel 44200 154000 1000 GATX
Ore Car U27 29500-30499 1000 1949 Steel Panel 44200 154000 1000 Pullman Standard
Ore Car U28 30500-30999 500 1949 Steel Panel 44100 154000 1000 GATX
Ore Car U29 31000-32499 1500 1952 Steel Panel 44100 154000 1000 Pullman Standard
Ore Car U30 32500-32999 500 1953 Steel Panel 44300 154000 1000
Ore Car U31 33000-33499 500 1957 Steel Panel 44700 154000 1000