It is nearing 6 pm on a warm June evening in Central Montana. Flood detours are making for a parade of trains climbing the Continental Divide. The 8 locomotives of this train could be heard almos... (more)
A Laurel-Missoula Manifest crosses Skyline trestle approaching the great divide at Mullan Tunnel.
A 110 car ML climbs Mullan Pass w/ MRL4006 leading. A 3unit manned helper is cut is as swing help. The late summer sun is setting on Mullan for this day.
A coal load grinds thru a reverse curve and a 2.2% grade towards Mullan tunnel with BNSF9179 leading 9 other locomotives. 4+4+2 = an incrediable show. Massive coal loads like this are now being s... (more)
MRL 4311 struggles midtrain on a coal drag at Skyline, MT. The lead unit is BNSF 9179.
The last 15 minutes of light rain down on Skyline Trestle as BNSF 9179 stuggles upgrade with a load of Powder River coal. This is the third unit train of the day using 10 units to lift the tonnage... (more)
Three 20-cylinder units shove hard on this ballast train on Mullan Pass, which had 2 45's on the point.
The Laurel-Missoula manifest winds its way across Skyline trestle with the city of Helena off in the distance. Big Sky Country!
Living on borrowed time - two flares, an F45 and an SD9 lead the Missoula-Laurel manifest downgrade over the Skyline Trestle, below the summit at Blossburg. Scanned from a Fujichrome Provia slide... (more)