Cliffs Erie (LTV) Activity (In real life!)
Posted 31 July 2008 - 05:55 AM
Local railfans are ecstatic and have converged on the Harbor and along the route. I brought my camera and dog too on Monday the 28th. Other photo archives have online pictures, but here are a few of my own and a hand-held point and shoot movie.
Four photos on flickr:
Here's my contribution to an already well photographed and described
day around Taconite Harbor. Blessed by a change in plans, I left our
old family cabin in Ely and drove down Highway 1 to Finland, and
across from there on Cramer road to the Cramer Tunnel east side. There
already were 12 loaded side dump cars in place on the tunnel siding
Meanwhile down at the dock, the next set of cars were being
filled (picture 2). The loading was from piles of chips and fines
which had previously been stored in the Ore dock. (Picture 3). I
was on the "Farewell Excursion" from Hoyt Lakes to Taconite Harbor, in
2002, and never imagined I would be back there years later for some
Before the loaded cars could be taken up to the Tunnel siding, more
empties were moved into position so that the contractor could continue
using a front end loader to scoop up the chips and fines from piles on
the ground alongside the racks. (4210, Picture 4)
Finally, I made a really amateur hand held movie with my Canon
Point-and-Shoot G9. It looses a little in the translation to YouTube,
but here you have it. Sorry ... no tripod, I didn't plan in advance
to do this little digital movie moment.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 12:27 PM
I noted the removal of the "ERIE" lettering from the sides of the locos. Without this, you could easily imagine a scene just a few short years ago, when LTV was in full swing.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:01 PM
Wish i could get back there and experience this wonderful stuff.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 05:44 AM
Of the remaining LTV F's, Cliffs currently owns F9A 4210 and 4212 (not pictured), and B-Units, 4223, 4224, and 4225. Lake Superior Museum of Transportation owns F9A 4211 and B-Unit 4222. They had leased them back to Cliffs for a brief period in 2006 (to haul some of the remaining pellets out of Hoyt), but I believe both are back at the museum ATM. I'm not sure if F9A 4212 is operational, but should still be in the barn at Hoyt.
FYI: Delivered in 1957, the former LTV F's in Phil's images are the oldest surviving revenue service locomotives in North America. Not too shabby at 51.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 06:50 AM
Posted 01 August 2008 - 08:39 AM
I'm afraid tourism is not considered "revenue service" to the RR. Besides which, the VCR hasn't owned their F's very long (10 years?). However, Alaska did keep a few of their F's for quite a long time - more so than most other Class-1's (probably due to Alaska's excellent maintenance).
The ones on the LTV were delivered new in '57, and those owned by Cliffs have never left the LTV property (LTV also had a few Alco RS-11's, which sadly were scrapped in 2002, IIRC). Except for the period between the LTV bankruptcy and Cliffs purchase, the F's have been in service each season.
Posted 02 August 2008 - 07:20 AM
Posted 02 August 2008 - 11:27 AM