Mid-train helper set assisting a BNSF coal train across the Continental Divide.
The pile of coupler knuckes is testament to the challenges faced by Mullan Pass. Two ES44ACs plus a pair of MRL SD70ACes up front still required four SD70s mid-train and another pair of ES44s on t... (more)
An MRL Power Assist unit helps BNSF's Kansas City - Pasco manifest up Mullan Pass. A rare F45, on lease to BNSF, and three 737 fueselages are also in-consist.
Helper 2 returns to Helena after helping a westbound BNSF up the grade.
Three of the new generation 737 models (-600, -700, and -900) are in the "Kick Pass" consist as it heads up Mullan Pass. Note the steep grade.
An empty flatcar train heads down Mullan Pass.
Empty Centralia, WA coal train rolls down Mullan Pass between Austin and Tobin.
Three 20-cylinder units shove hard on this ballast train on Mullan Pass, which had 2 45's on the point.
Helper# 3 heads back to Helena for another push
The LM grinds up Mullan Pass in the early evening with an "MRL only" SD70ACe, SD45, SD45-2 combo!