A welded rail train idles downhill to South Kilsyth, tying the whole KD up for the morning with trains in about every siding available between Jacksboro and Saxton.
Having just cut off a coal drag while in motion behind the photographer, the helper motor immediately gets the green light to return north over Duff Mountain.
With the helper still on the rear ninety some coal hoppers back, N294 clears the last swag before cresting over Duff Mountain on a beautiful sunny fall day.
Pulling a gaggle of seven engines including an SD50, SD60M, Dash 8, MP15DC, and a B36-7, the hillhelper powers up in a rare move to pull Q540 north over Duff Mountain.
The Chaska hillhelper conductor waves the engineer back to Q540 in a rare northbound pull over the mountain. Mty coal drag N276 awaits a clear signal north.
Coal drag N252 comes up a short swag after traversing Duff Mountain grade. A helper unit is on the other end, still shoving.
With N259 and a load of mtys on the siding, C212 gets a green light to head back north after shoving U356 over the mountain. The helper unhooks on the fly, saving time on congested days.
U356 comes out of a swag and passes N259 and mtys on the siding at North Kilsyth on a very busy day on the KD. Best described as a bottleneck.
Throwing a halo of dry snow, Q141 comes out of the swag at North Kilsyth and trips the signals heading south on a windy morn.
CSX Chaska hillhelper has just let go from a southbound coal drag after traversing Duff Mountain. Crews do this on the fly, then await a clear signal before heading back north for another move.
Sparkling clean CSX 5228 crawls up a swag near the end of Duff Mountain, with a helper on the end near Cotula. Odd that this move, primarily autoracks, needed the Chaska helper today.
C212 has just gotten the green to return to Chaska, after having shoved Q541 over the mountain.
CSX coal drag approaches while being pushed over Duff Mountain, with a dwarf signal warning northbounds coming up the mountain. The helper cut off in mid flight, idled for ten seconds beside the s... (more)