The helpers of a run through manifest prepare to duck into a tunnel while pushing a run through BNSF train up to Soldier Summit on the former D&RGW.
In addition to multiple pieces of unique equipment, the Nevada Southern State Railroad Museum offers a fun and unique experience to rail bike a 4 mile section of their line. This line is significa... (more)
Couldnt pass through the Upper Penninsula of Michigan without stopping in to check in on the Escanaa and Lake Superior's shops at Wells. Although this visit was different as I had the drone with m... (more)
The DPU on an empty hopper train tops Montana Rail Link's Bozeman pass. The original Northern Pacific tunnel on the right dates back to 1884 but was replaced by the current shorter tunnel in 1945.
The grade on Montana Rail Link's Mullan pass is pretty evident here as the mid train helpers look down on the head end power of a run through BNSF grain train approaching Austin, MT
Dinosaurs still roam the desert!
The once weekly potash local heads south from Crescent junction to Potash, passing the Moab Giants dinosaur park along the way. Brontosaurs were around 38 tons an... (more)
The small town of Helper, UT located about 110 miles southeast of Salt Lake City was named for the extra engines based here to help trains up the D&RGW’s steep mountain grade to Soldier Summit. ... (more)
I happened to be in Moab, UT when a friend reminded me that the once a week UP potash local runs on a Friday, wait thats today! All my previous plans for the day were now pushed to the side as I h... (more)
2 sets of helper power await the next call to help at, not coincidentally, Helper UT. The town of Helper rests at the bottom of Soldier Summit on the former D&RGW and was aptly named as the basec... (more)
A UP empty hopper train rolls down Soldier pass with the towering Castle Gate rock guarding the mouth of Price Canyon in the background.
Ghosts of Lombard.
With a full harvest moon, a MRL manifest passes through Lombard, MT. Originally founded in the 1890s, Lombard, MT, the iconic location where the Milwaukee Road’s bridge o... (more)
An early morning grain train greets sunrise as it begins its assault on Mullan Pass on the MRL.
MRL's tribute to essential workers leads the LM across the Austin Creek trestle.
2 sets of helpers, a total of 8 units, pass an empty stack train as they drift downgrade on their way back to stage at Helena. There they will wait for the next westbound to provide a shove over M... (more)
An loaded hopper train makes a run at Bozeman pass, grinding out of the tunnel in the last glow of evening light.