Two sets of four Montana Rail Link EMD SD70ACes, along with a couple of SD45s and yard switcher GP9 No. 120 gather at the engine facility at Helena, Montana, on May 23, 2011. The SD70ACes are used... (more)
The classic Helena shot, but does it ever really get old? An old and worn cream and green MAC, a classic but fading reminder of the past, leads this coal load screaming out of Montana's capital c... (more)
While the MRL isn't looking for T4 Ace's, EMD is hoping other railroads are, and wants to prove they can operate in any condition. Testing out the Helena, these SD70ACe-T4 units will be pushed to ... (more)
Trains line up at Helena waiting for the work window on Mullan Pass to end. By the time BNSF 7684 got started here, there were at least five trains in the yard waiting to go west, and more stacked... (more)
Stacking ’em upWith a long trackwork window on Mullan Pass during the day, westbound trains began to stack up on Montana Rail Link’s Second Subdivision, including at the crew change poi... (more)
CREX 1308 brings up the rear of an empty coal train arriving at Helena, MT after a trip over Mullan Pass from Missoula.
A pair of BNSF westbound's wait to depart Helena for Mullan Pass on the afternoon of July 4th.
BNSF 6241 begins its trip over Mullan Pass from Helena, MT with a loaded coal train. The train is about to cross Head Lane after adding four MRL SD70Aces into the train at Helena Jct. Clouds build... (more)
BNSF 5917 snuck by three other westbounds waiting at Helena depot and slows to a stop at Head Lane, west of Helena Jct., where it will add a quartet of MRL SD70ACe helpers for the ride up Mullan P... (more)
Trains are lined up westbound at Helena, MT depot. These three will wait for the arrival of an eastbound, as well as the departure of a fourth westbound not shown in this grouping. All four westbo... (more)
BNSF 5730 bears down on Head Lane crossing with an empty coal train fresh off Mullan Pass, while BNSF 5133 and 4684 get their manifest underway with MRL helpers in place.
A pair of GEs led by BNSF 5113 slow to a stop at Head Lane railroad crossing just outside Helena. A helper crew will insert a quartet of MRL SD70ACes into the train for the lift up Mullan Pass. Th... (more)
Westbound grain departing Helena, MT, in this early BNSF view.
MRL 204 leads a train up Mullan Pass in May of 1990.