UP5460 climbs the grade at Tunnel 10. The train heavy in lumber is straining hard on the pul towards the summit. I believe this shot is no longer possible w/o permission as it has been fenced off.... (more)
MRL4313 leads the helper consist of BNSF 7282 West. Reminiscent of the large helper sets of the DRGW, few places see helper scenes like this in the 21st Century.
BNSF 7282 crosses Skyline Trestle with an "Earth Worm" Grainer for the West Coast.
BNSF 5984 now has most of the train on the 2.2% climb as it approaches Austin.
One of my favorite vantage points on Mullan Pass is the Upper Horseshoe of the Austin Loops. Screaming upgrade past the Copper King mine BNSF 6329 leads its train of export black diamonds towards... (more)
BNSF 6299 is the last unit of a DPU consist shoving hard on the rear of an export coal train climbing Mullan Pass. The manned swing helper can be seen passing between the new and old Homestead as ... (more)
MRL 4310 shoves against a westbound intermodal train with a threatening western sky...
MRL 282 leads a light helper set downgrade towards Austin. Note the huge cut that bypasses the now abandoned Iron Ridge Tunnel.
BNSF 9835 thunders around the upper loop on the climb out of Austin. I am standing on the tailings of the Copper King Mine...on a spectacular late June morning!
BNSF 1003 leads a westbound grain train up the 2.2% at Skyline, MT. The GN inspired paint scheme looks good amongst the pines.
UP7183 is the second westbound coal load in an hour. Shoving hard in the middle of this load is a manned 3 unit helper with UP4799 in the consist.
UP7183 is the second westbound coal load in an hour. Screaming against gravity on the 2.4% grade no other mainline in America sees bulk trains assaulting grades this steep....
UP5874 and 6 other locomotives slug it out on the climb for Solider Summit. This mountain desert has originated countless trains much like this one. To witness it, never gets old!
ATSF640 is the lead locomotive on this manifest. Mid Train MRL4313 adds more horsepower with a manned swing helper.
UP7622 pulls the 2% at Meacham with a K Line Stack Train..