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Date: 03/11/23 11:28
Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: SvenMolson

A year ago, Northshore Mining was shuttered and the railroad embargoed.  The future looked dim for not just the railroad but the several hundred workers in Babbit and Silver Bary, Minnesoda.  Word has it, that Northshore is coming back, starting in April.  For a bit of history, the railway was originally Reserve Mining employing first generation EMD SD series units.  Fast forward thru year and Northshore entered the third generation with a small fleet of SD70ACe's supplementing a fleet of SD40-2's and SD40 rebuilds from Alsthom.

Time for a look back and what is coming backl.
SD9 - 1224 at Green Bay April 6, 1991 - by Tom Wilson
SD18 - 1226 Babbbit, MN September 4, 1992 - by Jim Shepard
SD28 - 1236 Babbit, MN May 6, 1980 - by Gary Powell
 








Date: 03/11/23 11:33
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: SvenMolson

Reserve Mining SD38-2 1239 at Babbitt July 25, 1979 by the Great Unknown
Northshore SD 40-2 651 at MP 5.5 October 4, 2021 - by Sven Molson
Northshore SD40-2 651 in the snow at MP 7 January 23, 2022 - by Sven Molson 








Date: 03/11/23 11:41
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: SvenMolson

Northshore 672 at MP24.  January 23, 2022 - by Sven Molson
PRLX 2636 at MP4.5 June 9, 2021 - by Sven Molson --- Word has it, it won't be back
Northshore 673 at MP 29 June 9, 2021 by Sven Molson

There you go, Northshore in a nutshell.

Ha det bra,
Sven 








Date: 03/11/23 12:43
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: jgilmore

Saw that news item, and it is good news. Cliffs (owner and miner) tried to freeze out the Mesabi Trust because they don't like paying the royalties, but Northshore is a really good mine and operation with many recent upgrades, so many industry observers thought it wouldn't be shuttered too long. The processing plant has the ability to make regular taconite pellets for blast furnaces and DRI-grade pellets for HBI and EAF production, which is the direction the steel business is heading. It's really to Cliffs' benefit to run Northshore, esp. in the long term and if they can renegotiate the royalty payments. Besides the fact that they can use all the output themselves as feedstock at a lower price than paying someone else for it.

BTW, nice current and former look back at the railroad ops, I really like the current scheme and power. Good to see it coming back...

JG



Date: 03/11/23 16:45
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: dragoon

could pic 3 be an SD38?

What an operation - block signals, double track. No wonder they couldn't keep it down for long.



Date: 03/11/23 17:00
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: ns1000

Thanks for the pics....



Date: 03/11/23 19:59
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: doge_of_pocopson

Thank you Sven by another name!



Date: 03/11/23 20:31
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: SOO6617

dragoon Wrote:
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> could pic 3 be an SD38?

No, SD28 is correct. The naturally aspirated counterpart to the SD35. Only six built for domestic use, Reserve Mining bought four in two orders, the other pair went to 
Columbus & Greenville in Mississippi.



Date: 03/12/23 06:09
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: bgiaquin

SOO6617 Wrote:
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> dragoon Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > could pic 3 be an SD38?
>
> No, SD28 is correct. The naturally aspirated
> counterpart to the SD35. Only six built for
> domestic use, Reserve Mining bought four in two
> orders, the other pair went to 
> Columbus & Greenville in Mississippi.

Awesome, rare gems. I think 3 of them are still operating up there (one was wrecked). Hopefully Lake Superior RR museum can get their hands on one, they currently dont have any Reserve Mining stuff in their collection.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/12/23 06:10 by bgiaquin.



Date: 03/12/23 12:29
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: TCnR

Good stuff.
Always time for regionals and shortlines.
t4p.



Date: 03/12/23 16:45
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: coach

See that 2636?  That's a great looking locomotive.  Too bad it isn't coming back.  



Date: 03/13/23 05:48
Re: Northshore Mining - Word is that it is coming back
Author: redneckrailfan

bgiaquin Wrote:
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> SOO6617 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > dragoon Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > could pic 3 be an SD38?
> >
> > No, SD28 is correct. The naturally aspirated
> > counterpart to the SD35. Only six built for
> > domestic use, Reserve Mining bought four in two
> > orders, the other pair went to 
> > Columbus & Greenville in Mississippi.
>
> Awesome, rare gems. I think 3 of them are still
> operating up there (one was wrecked). Hopefully
> Lake Superior RR museum can get their hands on
> one, they currently dont have any Reserve Mining
> stuff in their collection.

that's correct, 3 of the 4 still survive and all 3 rebuilt as SD28-3's by National Railway Equipment.

Bryan Jones
Brooks, KY
Bryan's Train Photos



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