RailPictures.Net Photo: MRL 4306 Montana Rail Link EMD SD70ACe at Helena, Montana by Robert Forsstrom
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Montana Rail Link (more..)
EMD SD70ACe (more..)
Helena Roundhouse (more..)
Helena, Montana, USA (more..)
October 23, 2007
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MRL 4306 (more..)
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Crews are seen wrapping up one of their biweekly power-washing sessions on one of MRL's SD70ACe helper sets at the Helena Roundhouse. After 48 hours of hard runs up and over Mullan Pass, even these cleaner burning Tier-II compliant diesels begin to cake on dirt and exhaust fumes. The EMD SD70ACes may be cleaner running than MRL's predecessor SD45 helper sets, but the ~3500' long Mullan Tunnel still pushes the limits of their efficiency, resulting in sooty buildups after each passage.
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