TPR Top 10 for 2016

Here is our Top 10 checklist for non-ore associated information occasions of 2016.

10. Boxcar Traffic – Trucking business Jeff Foster started getting boxcars in March at the previous Georgia Pacific mill along Duluth’s waterside. Foster is making use of the mill as a storage facility as well as transload center. It is unidentified exactly what product is being delivered in the autos. 9. Rices Point – BNSF shut its Rices Point lawn workplace in February, with yardmasters typically functioning out of that place changed to 28thRoad in Superior.

8. New Tracks – The Port of Duluth finished service their brand-new multi-intermodal Garfield dock C&D, which has a brand-new rail spur finished by Canadian Pacific. Hallett Dock is including brand-new tracks to its Dock 6 residential property in much western Duluth to save rail vehicles.

7. Lincoln Loan – In May the LSRM was lent a reproduction of President Lincoln’s funeral cars and truck for display screen throughout 2017. The auto has actually confirmed rather preferred and also has actually aided the gallery document a really offered year.

6. Storage tank Derailments– UP had 2 events that entailed container vehicles with unsafe products. The very first occurred at Itasca backyard throughout changing procedures while the various other engaged containers automobiles hindering on the attaching track at BN Saunders. No injuries were reported in either derailment yet they captured the focus of neighborhood media.

5. Intriguing Visitors – Milwaukee Road 261 checked out in very early June while BNSF evaluated 2 EMD SD70ACeP4-T4 Tier 4 engines (1603/1604) in between Minneapolis and also Superior this autumn. UP heritage systems 1995 (C&NW) as well as WP (1983) likewise paid sees to Superior. On a lighter note, Thomas the Tank Engine additionally remained in community over the summertime. CN’s DM&IR-repainted SD40-3 No. 403 visited LSRM and also NSSR on September 30 as component of an unique traveler added run for the Lexington Group (kept in mind as a leading 10 product on sibling listing OreRail). 4. Respite – LS&M, Duluth’s very first vacationer railway, got a respite for an additional year after contamination job near the previous U.S. Steel plant in western Duluth was postponed till late 2017. The railway’s future after 2017 remains in uncertainty.

3. Coal Declines– Coal proceeded its down spiral in 2016 with MERC anticipating to take care of in between 10 as well as 11 million bunches, off substantially from peak tonnage of over 22 million heaps in 2008. In late 2016 MERC did begin getting coke from Montana, a freight that had actually been delivered with Hallett Dock previously in 2016. Coke from St. Paul continuouslies be directed via Duluth-Superior on CN for transshipment from Thunder Bay, service MERC could be able to safeguard in the future.

2. Roundhouse Removal – The previous LST&T roundhouse near Belknap Street in Superior was eliminated in October, leaving simply both previous DM&N roundhouses in Proctor as continuing to be instances of that once-common architectural style in the Ports (CN still has strategies to eliminate the more recent roundhouse). In far better information, the previous Omaha roundhouse in Spooner was offered to the city for conservation.

1. Ashland Line – Heavy rainfalls in July rinsed a part of CN’s line to Ashland, requiring the railway to stoppage solution north of Park Falls. The line stays mothballed and also unrepaired, leaving this when hectic railway center devoid of rail solution.

Dave Schauer

Duluth, MN

Burlington Northern – Portrait of a Railroad

 I discovered this as well as bore in mind just how impressive it was. My experience with this movie wased initially seeing it at a LSTC conference at the depot in Duluth, most likely in the mid-1970s. It can be found in its reel kind from BN in St. Paul and also used a projector typical for the day. The color/quality has actually discolored on this variation however I bear in mind the effective movie when it wasn’t initially revealed at that conference lots of moons back– it left an impact on this teen. Each component connected listed below is less than 10 mins each.

Burlington Northern: Portrait of a Railroad(1973)Part 1

Burlington Northern: Portrait of a Railroad (1973) Part 2

Collingwood Reconfiguration

CN is beginning service reconfiguring the Collingwood interlocking in Duluth. This is where the ore dock leads attach to the Missabe Junction line at the base of Proctor Hill. They prepare to get rid of the dual track below as well as make a solitary control factor that consists of the button to Missabe Junction and also a solitary button for the west dock lead. This will primarily change 5 buttons with 2 (getting rid of the crossovers within the CTC plant). There will certainly not be a north and also southern Collingwood and also the signals will certainly be removed on the dock by the workplace.

Dave Schauer

Duluth, MN

OreRail Top 10 2016

Below is our yearly wrap-up of the leading 10 ore-related tales of 2016. I really did not consist of Keetac’s introduced resuming as that will certainly drop in 2017. We additionally may see even more concrete information regarding Essar in 2017 to ensure that legend isn’t really discussed right here.

10. BNSF’s ore swimming pool labor arrangement transformed in March after the last worker functioning under the “three-way pay” contract retired. This contract had actually permitted ore staffs resolving Kelly Lake with pellet trains to/from Superior to be qualified for this financially rewarding pay

9. BNSF began utilizing barrier automobiles on its pellet trains. Situated before the DP engines, these older packed autos with yellow leading sills inform the filling drivers that completion of the train is near as well as to quit filling, therefore assisting stop taconite from spilling into engines.

8. NSM obtains GEs. NSM get 2 CEFX AC4400CW systems from sibling railway LS&I in June. They operated mainline ore trains till very early October when they endured level areas. NSM’s 2 rented SD9043MACs had their lease reached substitute the GEs. This is significant because the GEs were NSM’s very first routine use that building contractor’s engines (they had actually checked GEs in the past).

<--break-> 7. CN signal and also track modifications. CN continuouslied update older searchlight signals on the previous DM&IR as well as reconfigured the CTC control factor at Adolph. One more track modification was the elimination of a number of the brief tracks in the “A Yard” at Proctor. Significant track enhancements were finished on the Iron Range Sub in 2016 in addition to conditioning of the Oliver Bridge.

6. The last ship to discharge coal at the previous LTV Steel Mining Company dock at Taconite Harbor took place in very early August. Minnesota Power, which purchased the nuclear power plant at Taconite Harbor from Cliffs Erie, discontinued manufacturing of electrical energy there this loss as well as the plant is currently mothballed. This vessel distribution noted completion of energetic transport (incoming or outgoing) from the ore dock.

5. An uncommon traveler added was run by CN for the Lexington Group in Transportation History on September 30. This journey made use of CN’s DM&IR-paintinged SD40-3 No. 403 plus LSRM’s DM&IR SD18 No. 193 as well as run from Duluth to Keenan and also return, with a side journey on the NSSR to Two Harbors. Bringing up the back was DM&IR service cars and truck Northland. Additionally of note is that DM&IR 215 is likewise still energetic (on and off).

4. NSM reactivated manufacturing in May. An indicator of boosted iron ore intake and also steel manufacturing saw Cliffs reboot NSM in springtime.

3. United Taconite reactivated manufacturing in late September after having actually been idled for over a year. This reboot saw routine task go back to CN’s dock in Duluth. Likewise kept in mind was a significant financial investment at the plant to generate a change pellet for ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor mill. That brand-new pellet– called Mustang– need to await manufacturing in late springtime 2017.

2. Magnetation stopped manufacturing, with the last train of concentrate for the pellet plant at Reynolds, Indiana leaving in very early October. Feasible excellent information is that the insolvent procedure has actually located a possible customer as well as could see a resurgence of Plant 4 in 2017 offered the sale undergoes as intended.

1. Realm Closes. Among the older as well as bigger pellet plants in the Lake Superior area discontinued procedure in very early August when the Empire near Marquette quit extracting in very early August because of its economically-recoverable ore get being worn down. The majority of its pellet accumulation was relocated by CN by mid-October, leaving simply 150,000 loads at the plant for delivery this springtime through LS&I with Marquette. Initially positioned in solution in 1963, Empire has actually long fed the previous C&NW dock at Escanaba as well as with its closure it is unidentified exactly what will certainly end up being of CN’s center there. The Tilden mine continues to be in procedure and also percentages of that plant’s manufacturing is normally transmitted via Escanaba however at degrees as well reduced to validate maintaining the dock open often.

Dave Schauer

Duluth, MN

First Ore for Duluth Blast Furnace

A lithographic postcard of the Zenith Blast Furnace made between 1900 and 1915. (Image: X-comm)

While many think of Minnesota Steel (Duluth Works) as the first steel mill in the area this reminds us of the steel operation on Rices Point that was producing iron well before the turn of the century.

Zenith Furnace. (Image: Duluth Public Library.)

Dave Schauer

Duluth, MN