A very clean BNSF 6310 leads a westbound coal load up the 2.2% east slope of Mullan Pass. The train is passing thru the rock cut on the approach to Austin Creek Viaduct. Mid-Train is manned 4 pa... (more)
Fresh from the factory UP8031 digs into the 10 degree curves of the Austin Loops on the 2.2% battle for Mullan Pass. The rail was still wet from a passing storm, and sounds of slipping wheels, R... (more)
A new Union Pacific GEVO leads a westbound Boardman coal train up Mullan Pass at Skyline. The Union Pacific power is somewhat uncommon for this train, even though the train will interchange with... (more)
A classic MRL SD40 leads the Laurel-Missoula manifest. The train was quite usual this day as it had a huge cut of Abrams tanks that can be seen rounding the curve above the cut.
The MRL laurel-Missoula manifest train is heavy with refurbished M1 Abrams tanks. This is quite a un-common site for this train, but made for a very heavy train. The head-end consisted of a SD40 l... (more)
The westbound Montana Rail Link Laurel-Missoula manifest splits the cut approaching Austin Creek Viaduct. The train is making good time up Mullan Pass, and has no helper this afternoon.
BNSF 1078 rounds the first great loop at Austin, Montana with a heavy grain load. BNSF 1058 wears the BNSF paint scheme inspired by the Great Northern. I always thought BNSF got the paint rite the... (more)
A heavy manifest screams up the 2.2% grade approaching Iron Ridge. The heavy manifest has a cut-in set of MRL manned helpers that can be seen smoking it up on the right side of the photo.
Last Light at Skyline Cut.... A coal train makes a dramatic last light appearance screaming upgrade at Skyline, Montana.
The dramatic rock outcroppings between Skyline Siding and Skyline Trestle ... (more)
2 MRL SD70ACe's lift a light Laurel, MT-Missoula, MT manifest up 2.2% grade of Mullan Pass. In a mile the train will duck into Blossburg Tunnel and cross under the Continental Divide.
A quartet of MRL SD70ACE pushers shoulder into BNSF9242 West at Austin. No Mullan Pass experience is truly fulfilled until you witness a westbound "Heavy" assault the mountain. The steep... (more)
A clean consist of BNSF power lifts a morning coal load up Mullan Pass. The steep compensated grade here is 2.2% and requires 8 big AC locomotives to get this heavily laden unit train up the Conti... (more)
A westbound loaded unit oil train negotiates the 10 degree curves on the approach to Skyline Trestle. The train is passing thru the rock outcropping that is signature feature on Mullan Pass.
MRL 204 leads a train up Mullan Pass in May of 1990.
An empty grain train rolls down the east slope of Mullan Pass towards Helena