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.
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....