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Photo ID: 495476

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD45-2
Location: Skyline, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 306
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 2002


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By: Robert Edgar

Added: Aug 28, 2014

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Photo ID: 495252

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)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: Tobin, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 4505
Train ID: S TCELPC1 17A
Photo Date: May 21, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 26, 2014

Views: 571
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Photo ID: 494737

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Louisville, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 346
Train ID: M SPOLAU1 06A
Photo Date: July 06, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 22, 2014

Views: 458
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Photo ID: 494658

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Blossburg, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 351
Train ID: U LAUSPO5 13R
Photo Date: May 20, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 21, 2014

Views: 1,063
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Favorited: 16

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Photo ID: 493639

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)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Skyline, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 5692
Train ID: C SCMRBE1 64A
Photo Date: August 08, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 13, 2014

Views: 986
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Photo ID: 493509

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Skyline, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4302
Train ID: K-HELHLP-05
Photo Date: August 08, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 12, 2014

Views: 1,175
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Photo ID: 493209

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Skyline, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 382
Train ID: H KCKSPO1 04A
Photo Date: August 08, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 10, 2014

Views: 4,084
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Photo ID: 493096

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)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Austin, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 5692
Train ID: C SCMRBE1 64A
Photo Date: August 08, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 09, 2014

Views: 630
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Photo ID: 492744

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Austin, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4315
Train ID: Helper 1
Photo Date: July 07, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 06, 2014

Views: 2,983
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Favorited: 25

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Photo ID: 490549

Two brand new ACe's have crested Mullan Pass and cruise West along the Little Blackfoot River between Avon and Garrison.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Avon, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4403
Train ID: M LAUMIS1 19A
Photo Date: May 20, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Jul 21, 2014

Views: 724
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Photo ID: 489719

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Austin, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4309
Train ID: M SPOLAU1 06A
Photo Date: July 07, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Jul 15, 2014

Views: 3,419
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Favorited: 24

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Photo ID: 489303

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.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Skyline, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4304
Train ID: Helper 2
Photo Date: July 08, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Jul 13, 2014

Views: 1,328
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Photo ID: 489302

An extra Laurel to Spokane hustles West along the Little Blackfoot River with two SD45's leading the way.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Avon, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 326
Train ID: M LAUSPO4 08A
Photo Date: July 08, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Jul 13, 2014

Views: 553
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Favorited: 3

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Photo ID: 488610

10,800 horsepower of EMD 20 cylinder goodness roars past the second most famous barn in Montana.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Jens, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 346
Train ID: M SPOLAU1 06A
Photo Date: July 07, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Jul 08, 2014

Views: 986
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Photo ID: 485979

Seven EMD's and a GEVO crawl out of Helena with a load of Montana's finest black diamonds bound for Roberts Bank.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Tobin, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 9238
Train ID: C SXMRBE1 58A
Photo Date: May 21, 2014


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Jun 17, 2014

Views: 1,136
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Favorited: 17

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