After flood washes out tracks, Iron Range mines rely on trucks

Recent flooding has taken a toll not only on the Northland’s roads but also on its rail lines, complicating operations for Iron Range mines. Mining companies have pressed fleets of trucks into service. And it takes a lot of trucks to replace a train. One company is using up to 60.
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Recent flooding has taken a toll not only on the Northland’s roads but also on its rail lines, complicating operations for Iron Range mines. Mining companies have pressed fleets of trucks into service. And it takes a lot of trucks to replace a train. One company is using up to 60.

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