Exhaust singes the sky as the Laurel-Missoula Manifest screams out of Helena. The train will soon reach grades of 2.2% on its twisting climb up and over the Continental Divide.
Erie fresh CP8831 leads a westbound coal train up Mullan Pass. The winter/spring of 2010/2011 dropped massive amounts of moisture on Montana. It was almost July and things were perhaps as green ... (more)
Standing guard over Helena are the Elk Mountains. These mountains made Helena one of the richest gold mining camps in the West during the last half of the 19th Century.
No less magnificent, t... (more)
An eastbound M-L descending Mullan Pass toward Helena, MT.
An eastbound manifest descends Mullan Pass toward Helena, MT.
On-the-point helpers pull towards Mullan Pass.
This loaded Boardman coal train is getting its teeth into the climb towards Mullan Tunnel over Mullan Pass west of Helena. Seen here are the rear helpers and, if you look below the house where th... (more)
Shoving on BNSF 1077, heading west into the setting sun. Front to rear, the helper set is MRL 8925 - 353 - 204 - 211
Mid-train helpers are MRL 211 - 204 - 353 - 8925 and head end is BNSF 1077 - FURX 7268 - BNSF 6859
Between the town of Birdseye and the siding at Austin.
...leaning hard against the front two-thirds of the train, Helper 2 pushes a BNSF train (maybe KCKPAS?) up Mullan Pass.
Heading west out of Helena and beginning to assault the grade leading to Mullan Pass....