Train derails near BrimsonA Canadian National Railway train derailed near Brimson in rural St. Louis County early Sunday, tipping 14 of its 120 cars full of iron ore headed to the docks in Two Harbors.
By: News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
A Canadian National Railway train derailed near Brimson in rural St. Louis County early Sunday, tipping 14 of its 120 cars full of iron ore headed to the docks in Two Harbors.
Spokesman Patrick Waldron said no one was injured in the 1:07 a.m. accident and the cause is under investigation.
Traffic was moving again on the line by late Sunday, Waldron said. He said he wouldn’t characterize how frequent or infrequent derailments are for CN. The Minorca line is secondary to the main line that brings ore from the Iron Range to boats in Two Harbors.
Dave Schauer, a train expert and photographer from Duluth, went to the derailment site Sunday morning. He said CN may have “dodged a bullet” when only the back cars of the train derailed away from the siding, allowing traffic to run around the tipped cars.
Ore traffic is up significantly from last year, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported earlier this spring. Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes in April, the latest month with figures, were up 146 percent from last year. Shipments out of Two Harbors and Silver Bay were higher than they’ve been in any of the last five Aprils.
Schauer keeps a blog on the web about area train news and sightings.
It’s at www.twinportsrail.com/site.