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Manned Helpers
One artifact of the steam era that remains in use to this day; even modern AC traction locomotives need help on the biggest hills.
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Photo ID: 849109

ATSF 2-10-2 1696 is seen helping EMD E6 number 15 with a ten car Super Chief near Morley Colorado in 1942. Otto Conrad Perry photo, from my collection.

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Morley, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 1696
Train ID: ATSF 17
Photo Date: August 02, 1942


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By: GEORGE M. STUPAR

Added: Jan 09, 2024

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Photo ID: 829966

An eastbound Montana Rail Link helper set of the usual four EMD SD70ACes, drops downgrade out of Weed, Montana, and through Iron Ridge cut on MRL’s main line over Mullan Pass on June 29, 2022. T... (more)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Iron Ridge, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4315
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 29, 2022


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Apr 20, 2023

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Photo ID: 824449

Helper set.

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: EMD SD45-2
Location: Essex, California, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 5826
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Richard Kimble

Added: Feb 09, 2023

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Photo ID: 824421

Cleanup Help: After 12G derailed at the CP MO interlocking in Cresson, PA, crews worked for hours to clean up the mess. Here, nearly 8 hours later, the first eb train, a helper set gets a clear s... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACU
Location: Cresson , Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: NS 7253
Train ID: NS N54
Photo Date: January 10, 2023


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By: RobbyLefkowitz

Added: Feb 09, 2023

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Photo ID: 823934

Forest fire smoke fills the air as Helena's Helper #2 crew heads back home after assisting a loaded train over Mullan Pass. They picked up Helper #1's power who outlawed at Elliston earlier in the... (more)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Austin, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4314
Train ID: MRL K HELHLP2 07
Photo Date: September 07, 2022


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Feb 04, 2023

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Photo ID: 822547

MRL SD70ACe 4403 shows off its "Helper Link" as it prepares to nose onto the tailend of a loaded coal train before shoving it over Bozeman Pass.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Livingston, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4403
Train ID: MRL K LIVHLP3 16
Photo Date: June 16, 2022


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jan 18, 2023

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Photo ID: 821857

PALMER LAKE CO — Rio Grande SD50 5506 and SD40T-2 5357 drift north on the Joint Line. I failed to label the slide and took no notes. I am only sure of the location. It is a Kodolux mount and has... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD50
Location: Palmer Lake, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5506
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: Unknown


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By: Charles Stookey

Added: Jan 09, 2023

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Photo ID: 821796

A pair of helper engines wait on a siding in Spruce, Colorado in case they are needed to help a train get over the Palmer Divide on the Joint Line.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Spruce, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 8409
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 29, 2022


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By: BUFFIE

Added: Jan 09, 2023

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Photo ID: 821775

Livingston Helper #3 meets Helper #4 shoving hard on the tailend of a loaded coal train at the east end of Muir, MT.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Muir, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4402
Train ID: MRL K LIVHLP3 06
Photo Date: September 06, 2022


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jan 09, 2023

Views: 1,260
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Photo ID: 821771

Helper #2 heads back to Helena.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Austin, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4316
Train ID: MRL K HELHLP2 07
Photo Date: September 07, 2022


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jan 09, 2023

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Photo ID: 821769

8 MRL SD70ACes head east around the horseshoe curve at Austin, MT.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Austin, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4314
Train ID: MRL K HELHLP2 07
Photo Date: September 07, 2022


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jan 09, 2023

Views: 766
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Favorited: 4
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Photo ID: 821231

The Bridgeport Helpers have cut away from the C WTMPFK0 46A (Highland Mine at Thunder Jct West, WY to Paducah, KY) after pushing the train up the 13 mile stretch of a 1% grade between Bridgeport a... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Angora, Nebraska, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6169
Train ID: K BRGBGR1 28A
Photo Date: December 28, 2022


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By: David Carballido-Jeans

Added: Jan 03, 2023

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Photo ID: 820297

An eastbound train on the Modoc Line has arrived at Wendel, where the midtrain helpers will be set out. Southern Pacific had less than a month of independence remaining.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Wendel, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 7482
Train ID: EUCHQ
Photo Date: August 17, 1996


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Dec 23, 2022

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Photo ID: 819614

EMD 645s and smoke belching tunnels. Exhaust erupts from Tunnel 5 as the mid-train helpers provide 12,000 horsepower to assist the daily "Oil Can" train as it struggles upgrade through ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40M-2
Location: Tehachapi Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8576
Train ID: BKDOU
Photo Date: October 26, 1996


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By: Joe Gartman

Added: Dec 15, 2022

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Photo ID: 817592

A set of SD70ACU helpers assist in breaking as a double stack train with international containers heads downgrade through Cresson in the last light of the afternoon.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACU
Location: Cresson, Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: NS 7254
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 15, 2022


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By: Dave Carney

Added: Nov 18, 2022

Views: 1,374
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Favorited: 10
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