With their crossing of Mullan Pass complete, an eastbound stack train has pulled to a stop with the DPU locomotives positioned right next to the classic Northern Pacific depot in Helena. The nice... (more)
Two GEs lead an eastbound across Skyline trestle on Mullan Pass.
The steepest part of the descent is behind them, but this eastbound autorack train still has a few more miles to go before it safely arrives in Helena on the east side of Mullan Pass.
GN once reached Butte, now served via Garrison by BNSF.
Helpers cut in mid-train can be seen just into the curve.
MRL 265 leads a B-B-A set of BN C30-7s as the manifest charges up the comparatively easy eastbound ascent of Mullan Pass between Avon and Elliston.
Helpers speed back to Helena for yet another Mullan Pass adventure.
These midtrain helpers have cut off at the east end of the siding to allow the coal train to get out of the way of three eastbounds.
LM has worked its way over Mullan Pass and will soon meet counterpart ML in Avon nearing sunset. The day started with the previous LM here at sunrise.....
No shortage of grain shuttles in both directions, they were the most plentiful of all trains over MRL this visit.
It's not even 0700 and we have full sun, low temps and hot rails!
MRL interchange meets a runthru. BNSF's Butte Turn is working in the yard as the empty grain shuttle slides by in the siding (due to MOW on main).
The all night drive from Eastern Montana with a friend and fellow co-worker suddenly became worth it, after MRL's ML spent nearly four hours switching out their pickup in Garrison and adding anoth... (more)