Welcome to the wonderful world of Model Railroading. I hope you will come aboard for a ride of "Realistic Visualization" as we travel through the logging operations, ore mining operations, and the wilderness of the Northern woods where the call of the loon sings in harmony with the grunt of the moose and the sound of water rushing over rocks to the stream below where seagulls sit watching swirls of water.
East of town ore drags and wood pulp loads head south to eventually end up at Fort Frances where DWP transfers are made for border crossings. Due to the accessibility of Great Lakes shipping, most movements terminate at the "Twin Ports" of Superior and Duluth.
CN Railways "Prairie Region" covers over 1100 miles between Longlac, Ontario and Wainwright, Alberta. In the heart of "Sunset Country" lies Sioux Lookout, Ontario, a small but interesting town known as "Gateway To The North".
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railways #6 Ore Dock towers almost 100' above water and extends over 2300' into the St. Louis Bay at Duluth. Ore cars are dumping taconite into the dock pockets. View of the Missabe dock looking east toward Superior Wisconsin.
Stockpiles of limestone and taconite are alongside the approach to the Missabe dock from Duluth harbor. Off in the distance you can see Duluth's steep hillside. There are still 7 SD9's and 4 SD9r's on the Missabe roster.
At Sioux Lookout the Drayton Open Pit Mine produces high grade iron ore for eastern U.S. Steel mills. After blasting, ore is directly loaded to awaiting unit trains to be hauled to Superior Duluth docks. Iron ore oxidation shows as a rusty red appearance.
The Proctor Yard is used for shuttling ore jennies to the Missabe Ore Dock. You can see a CN loaded ore drag approaching the yard. Motive power consists of primarily MLW 630's and 636's with occasional help from 420's or 424's.
Thunder Bay's Saskatchewan Pool #15 and Annex along with McCall Fuel & Supply (a family owned operation) provide the railfan with opportunities to catch both CN & CP action because of joint service trackage.