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.....
The ML glides along in the rain with a relatively short train.
Wasn't expecting this to emerge....but there you go, even in a sea of orange, a surprise can happen.
The revised west portal of the Mullan Tunnel resembles an excavation site.....which, in some respects, it was.
The ever-changing BNSF roster still gets my hopes up when I hear certain number series over the scanner....pretty much everything I used to know has moved on, either in numbering or off the roster... (more)
The new & improved west portal of Mullan Tunnel, combined with new & improved GE models dominating the roster, have reduced the famous scenes of exhaust until the helpers emerge.
Having passed a coal train stopped in the siding at Austin, the helper set is sent back "light" to assist the train which has now stalled.
A westbound loaded tank train heads west up the 2.2% slope of Mullan Pass. From this spot you can see 3 levels of track; Skyline Trestle, the approach to Weed, and Austin. On the far horizon is He... (more)
A CSX heavy GEVO lifts a manifest up the 2.2% grade over Greenhorn Trestle. Foreign Power is fairly common on the MRL and BNSF northern lines.
Beautiful things like this happen to me all the time. What was just supposed to be a laid back half-day of trains before other local activity yielded "the" train of the trip.
#841 is headed out past West Livingston in order to back down the main and access the R-Y Branch. These two empties will be swapped for two loads.