On August 9, 1996, Montana Rail Link’s ML train (Missoula to Laurel freight) descends Mullan Pass as the train departs Austin, Montana. On the point is one of the railroad’s four EMD F45s, No. 391... (more)
After a hard push up Mullan Pass, A helper set with four SD70ACe's and a tag-along SD45 roll light down the grade at Austin Montana. Before the rehabilitation of Mullan Tunnel, the helper locomoti... (more)
Whats at the End of a Rainbow????....
Evidently BNSF9275 in a driving rain storm descending Mullan Pass as the rear DPU of an empty coal train. Who would have thought... lol :-)
A heavy grain train with assorted power is tackling the most challenging section of Mullan. If a train can make it past the loops it is likely to make Blossburg. The mid-train manned helper and r... (more)
Light Helpers return to Helena after shoving a westbound freight. The threatening June skies are a common occurrence in Montana. The cool breeze off the high based storms is always a welcome rel... (more)
A quartet of MRL SD70ACe's glide down Mullan Pass towards Helena, where they'll help to lift another coal train up the hellacious grade.
Four SD70ACe's slip and grind on the wet rails up the 2.2% of Mullan Pass with the rest of a M LAUPAS in tow.
A BNSF westbound freight holds in the siding at Austin, Montana, as an eastbound freight approaches the west end. This is Mullan Pass at it’s best. Three levels of track can be seen from this vant... (more)
The very first rays of sunlight glint off the flanks of a quartet of MRL's massive SD70ACes as they assist Prince Rupert-bound coal loads through the "loops" at Austin; shortly, the head end will ... (more)
WOOF! Even dogs can be foamers.
Late-afternoon sun casts the classic shadow of an SD40 onto the big cut above Austin as a clean pair of MRL's older units assist two modern GEs on the climb to the summit of Mullan Pass.
westbound BN train 121 running on MRL near the summit of Mullan Pass west of Helena, MT
BNSF 796 looked a whole lot better in Warbonnet paint, I think. Here it tip toes downgrade into the tight curve at Austin, MT in its descent of Mullan Pass. It is nice that MRL left the NP-vintage... (more)
A BNSF WB pounds upgrade at Austin on Mullan Pass.
Mid train helpers on westbound coal up Mullan Pass