MRL 4304 brings up the rear of a quartet of helpers tucked into a loaded coal train heading through Birds Eye after leaving Helena, MT. The train will spend the next hour or so climbing Mullan Pas... (more)
Although quite dirty by MRL standards, these helpers cannot avoid it working through Bozeman tunnel. This helper set has picked up the locals engines and cars and will bring them back to Livingst... (more)
This set of helpers was actually used on Laurel-Missoula of the 12th and will get into the yard at the same time as Laurel-Missoula of the 13th, which will not need help over the Pass.
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.
A manned four pack of MRL SD70ACe's helps two SD45's and their short Laurel - Spokane up the 2.2% grade of Mullan Pass, crossing the rarely photographed Greenhorn Trestle.
After helping westbound trains up Mullan Pass, two sets of Montana Rail Link EMD SD70ACes wait at Elliston, Montana, on September 26, 2007. Soon enough, the locomotives will head back east to Hele... (more)
MRL 4304 leads the LM up Bozeman Pass with over 100 cars at the famous crossing with the mountains in the background.
The Laurel-Missoula manifest winds its way across Skyline trestle with the city of Helena off in the distance. Big Sky Country!
The Laurel-Missoula leans into the heavy grade up Mullan Pass with an ACe/SD45/SD45-2 consist.
The LM struggles up Mullan Pass with Helena and the domed Capital building in the background.
The LM grinds up Mullan Pass in the early evening with an "MRL only" SD70ACe, SD45, SD45-2 combo!
The LM rolls towards Missoula in storm light. Later a big rain storm rolled through the area.