MRL's Laurel-Missoula "LM" manifest sits quietly in the yard at Helena waiting for a crew, just as the sun begins to rise. Unfortunately they would sit here for most of the day.
Helper #2 sits quietly at the eastend of Austin siding waiting on a slow westbound climbing up Mullan Pass.
Helper #2 drifts through the siding at Austin, heading down to the eastend to meet another westbound.
Powered by two EMD SD70ACes, Montana Rail Link’s 840 local passes by the abandoned Milwaukee Road Pacific Extension bridge over the Missouri River and is about to cross Sixteen Mile Creek at Lomba... (more)
The power for MRL's 840 local which runs from Helena to Logan Monday to Friday has the day off and is seen idling near the shops in Helena.
Helper #3 starts to dig into the eastern edge of MRL's Mullan Pass in the middle of a heavy grain train.
MRL's Helena Helper #4 coasts eastward down Mullan Pass heading for their next assignment at Helena.
An immaculate MRL SD45 and bigger sister SD70ACe idle east of the shops in Helena.
MRL's Laurel-Missoula manifest performs some yard work in Helena prior to departure for Missoula.
Repainted into the new Rail Link scheme, MRL 4312 is the first of 4 SD70ACes in Helper #2's consist assisting BNSF's KCKSPO over Mullan Pass.
Consisting of MRL SD70ACes 4311, 4307, 4301 and 4305, Helena Helper #3 drifts down Mullan Pass for their next assignment.
After meeting a loaded grain train (seen in the background) at the east end of the siding at Austin, Helena Helper #2 returns down Mullan Pass to Helena.
A matched quartet of MRL SD70ACes are struggling to get a Graceville, MN - Vancouver, WA grain load over Mullan Pass in a timely fashion!
MRL's Helena Helper #3 uses all of their 17,200 horses to assist Vancouver, WA grain loads over Mullan Pass.
Helena Helper #2 drifts down Mullan Pass through the siding at Austin to meet another "Heavy" heading uphill.