In the northern woods of Minnesota lies the Mesabi Iron Range, an area rich in taconite iron ore. When this production was filmed in 2001, the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway was busy hauling this ore from processing plants to the rail docks on Lake Superior. We'll explore the operations of the DM&IR beginning at the dock in Two Harbors, along its two divisions and several branch lines, to the huge docks in Duluth, and see its beautiful maroon and gold locomotives at work. Traveling along the Iron Range Division from Two Harbors to Iron Junction, we spot DM&IR's SD40-3s, former SD45T-2s remanufactured for the railroad. At Highland, a southbound train enters the scale track to weigh each car. The DM&IR runs three general freight trains and we watch one, the Miscellaneous Road Freight, head onto the branch line at Wales to pick up freight cars from the Northshore Mining Company. A rail train, led by an SD38AC, departs the yard in Biwabik. At Iron Junction a northbound train is headed by a rebuilt SD18 and a rebuilt SD9, now both classified as SD-Ms. On the Missabe Division, run-through power includes CSX SD80MACs and BNSF Dash 9s. An SD38DC leads a southbound load with steam rising in the cold winter air from freshly processed taconite pellets. We're treated to the nonstop operations at Dock 6 in Duluth, the largest ore dock on the Great Lakes. The DM&IR, seen here through all four seasons, delivers a unique combination of hardworking railroading, intriguing motive power, modern industrial facilities, and scenic wilderness. It's a great viewing experience!
Produced by Pentrex. Copyright Pentrex 2004.
DVD 80 minutes running time.
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