A helper crew has cut a quartet of SD70ACe helpers out of a coal train and has entered the siding at Elliston, MT to get out of the way so the road crew can back onto the rear portion of the train... (more)
Two shiny MRL SD70ACes, on the point of an eastbound Missoula-Laurel manifest freight, wait for a new crew in the siding at Elliston on a sunny October afternoon.
The helpers back in to the pocket as the snow stops and the sun returns. The front of the coal train will back up to reattach the rear portion, then sit while two eastbound trains roll by. I'm not... (more)
The helpers have moved past the west switch of the pocket track and the crew member is about to throw the switch for the siding. The front part of the train is just beyond the helpers. A little sn... (more)
Now this is what an MRL coal train should look like. The crew member will uncouple the helper set from the rear of the train. The snow stopped, at least for now.
The coal train at Elliston has been uncoupled from the helpers and the front portion of the train is moving forward to clear the west switch of the pocket track. A crew member throws the derail sw... (more)
Montana Rail Link helpers make quite a few daily trips over Mullan Pass between Helena, MT and Elliston, west of the pass. Here a helper set arrives at Elliston on a westbound loaded coal train. T... (more)
BNSF 8411 enters Elliston siding to allow the removal of helpers after crossing Mullan Pass. The sun is out for now, but snow will be flying by the time the helpers cut out of the train. Once back... (more)
MRL 264 is parked at Elliston, MT with a "Jimbo" train in tow. It assists in distributing and picking up ties for maintenance of way crews, and at this time appears to be working around ... (more)
BNSF 7918 and two CSX units hustle a vehicle train past a Montana Rail Link "Jimbo" tie train parked at Elliston, MT. MRL SD40 264 heads up the latter train and will head west early the ... (more)
MRL #4402 leads the Missoula - Laurel freight as it crosses over Mullen Pass as the fall colors start to peak
Helpers cut in mid-train can be seen just into the curve.
Helpers speed back to Helena for yet another Mullan Pass adventure.
These midtrain helpers have cut off at the east end of the siding to allow the coal train to get out of the way of three eastbounds.
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.....