On this summer day in 2002 the sounds of classic EMD 645's echoed through the mountains as MRL SD45-2 306 leads this westbound over Skyline Trestle on its climb up Mullan Pass. Third in the consis... (more)
Heat escapes from the dynamic grids at a rapid pace as two GE's hold back a heavy detoured stack train down the stiff grade into Helena at sunset. While splitting the NP searchlights at the contro... (more)
Spent diesel fuel fills the sky as 92 cylinders of EMD 645's battle hard up the 1.0% grade past the NP-era searchlights protecting the control point at West Louisville. The crawl will end in a lit... (more)
Helena-based helpers have cut-off from the headend and are out of view... Leaving two badass SD45's, the leader being of Great Northern heritage, on the point of a high priority rail train bound f... (more)
Over thirty-four thousand horsepower fight gravity, curvature and trailing tonnage to lift 17,842 tons of Montana's finest black diamonds over the 2.2% grade of the Northern Pacific route over Mul... (more)
Can you hear it? The faint rumble of EMD 710's echo off the evergreens of the Helena National Forest, slowly getting closer and closer. Then it appears, a quartet of freshly washed ... (more)
Railroading is a game of numbers.
90 cylinders. 10,800 horsepower. 7,894 tons. 17,200 more horsepower. 2.2 percent.
Three MRL SD45's, with the help of four more EMD's cu... (more)
13,200 ponies from three big GE's claw West up the 2.2% grade of Mullan Pass; but not with the help of four manned Montana Rail Link SD70ACe's cut in two-thirds of the way back and a single BNSF A... (more)
Four SD70ACe's assist two GE's on the task of lifting their heavy "container grainer" stack train through the Austin Curves and up the 2.2% grade. The name container grainer comes from t... (more)
Two brand new ACe's have crested Mullan Pass and cruise West along the Little Blackfoot River between Avon and Garrison.
A hair over 7100 tons was too much for three SD45's, so the crew added an unmanned helper set to the headend for dynamic brake effort down the 2.2% Mullan Pass, seen here with its' train strung ou... (more)
A manned four pack of MRL SD70ACe's helps two SD45's and their short Laurel - Spokane up the 2.2% grade of Mullan Pass, crossing the rarely photographed Greenhorn Trestle.
An extra Laurel to Spokane hustles West along the Little Blackfoot River with two SD45's leading the way.
10,800 horsepower of EMD 20 cylinder goodness roars past the second most famous barn in Montana.
Seven EMD's and a GEVO crawl out of Helena with a load of Montana's finest black diamonds bound for Roberts Bank.