Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range

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.

February 2018

On a typical snowy and cold February day, SD38-2 213 leads sister engines 203 and 302 southbound through Munger. The northbound mainline track on the left will be ripped out shortly afterwards. February 15, 1987. Mike Cleary photograph.


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