Three former Rio Grande EMD SD40T-2 units and an SP tunnel motor run light eastbound after having assisted a westbound col drag from Helper, Utah.
Rio Grande SD40T-2s No. 5392, 5373, and 5353 pull a 50 car 'Dirt Train' local west through Blue Cut approaching Spring Glen on May 3, 2000.
Union Pacific's 'First Help' provides dynamic braking for an 86 car Co-op, Utah to Valmy, Nevada coal train descending the 2% grade through the Gilluly horseshoe curve on Oct. 8, 1999. UP 8075, 70... (more)
On a pleasant April 3, 2000, afternoon, a fleet of Rio Grande Tunnel Motors gathers beneath the Book Cliffs looming over Helper Yard in Utah. Still being used for helper service on trains up Soldi... (more)
After shoving the Coke Breeze from Helper to Soldier Summit, SP's Fifth Help overtakes the NSGVC on Sept. 10, 1996, the last day of operations prior to the merger with Union Pacific.
Coal loads receive a friendly wave from the ski train crew as it rolls east through a cold Fraser.
Helper was the last strong hold for DRGW locomotives. This August afternoon saw a swing help consisting entirely of these awesome machines....
Putting 21,000 horses into motion in the middle of a train might take some TLC, nope, giver hell is what this crew did as they got this 105 car coal train up to 25 mph in the blink of an eye. Thes... (more)
With smoke billowing from the summit tunnel of Tennessee Pass, DRGW 5392 roars over the summit, and will soon throttle down and stop to cut the 2 sets of helpers out of the train.
Five big SD's lead a 14,000 ton coal train up the grades of Tennessee Pass at Belden, Co. This is just part of the power on this train, as there are six units cut in mid train, and 4 more 3/4 to t... (more)