Soo Line Steam from the Collection of Harold Vollrath

Soo Line L-20 Mikado 3010 at Ashland, WI.  Photo taken August 1954. The 3010 was most likely working the ore dock or in the ore yards at Ashland, with ore mined from the nearby Gogebic Range. Note the grade near the south slope of Lake Superior…as those who have been there will attest, the grades around the north shore of the Lake are sort of steep. But I almost wonder if the photographer wasn't just a bit off-center composing this shot, I don't recall it being quite that bad!