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.
MRL Helpers drift down Mullan Pass after shoving a coal train up the hill on what would be a quiet 4th of July along the MRL.
"Into the storm." A five-unit set of frost-covered MRL SD70ACe's push for all they're worth while working midtrain on a westbound unit grainer, seen climbing the 2.2% of Mullan Pass near... (more)
MRL's "LM" manifest with two red ball dressed EMDs on the point, passing the 9.4 signal between Birdseye & Austin, MT, on their way up to Mullan Pass and the continental divide.
Montana Rail Link's Laurel to Missoula manifest with MRL 4302, 325, and a five pack of SD70ACe helpers on the rear climbing the grade westward out of Helena, Montana between Birdseye and Austin.
Early on a summer morning, a train of export coal bound for Prince Rupert, B.C. begins its ascent of Mullan Pass behind a pair of big CP GEs, with a four-pack of MRL SD70ACes tucked in two-thirds ... (more)
After the tunnel work window was lisfted, this was the first WB of the afternoon to make it's way over Mullan Pass
An eastbound M-L descending Mullan Pass toward Helena, MT.
An eastbound manifest descends Mullan Pass toward Helena, MT.
A very friendly MRL employee is about to throw me a MRL timetable ! Thanks to the Montana Rail Link for the nice welcome that I got everywhere, last July.
Shoving on BNSF 1077, heading west into the setting sun. Front to rear, the helper set is MRL 8925 - 353 - 204 - 211
Mid-train helpers are MRL 211 - 204 - 353 - 8925 and head end is BNSF 1077 - FURX 7268 - BNSF 6859
Between the town of Birdseye and the siding at Austin.
...leaning hard against the front two-thirds of the train, Helper 2 pushes a BNSF train (maybe KCKPAS?) up Mullan Pass.
Heading west out of Helena and beginning to assault the grade leading to Mullan Pass....