Traffic across the MRL is heavy right now, mostly with grain, loads and empty's. Here a CREX lease unit brings up the rear of an empty at Austin.
BNSF and NS power lead this Laural to Portland vehicle train between Birdseye and Austin.
BNSF's new Quality service train between Portland, OR and Alliance, TX descends Mullen Pass at Austin.
An empty grain train rolls down the east slope of Mullan Pass towards Helena
A assorted trio of motors lifts a auto train, filled out with new 737 fuselages up Mullan Pass. The train is making good speed unassisted up the mountain....
A westbound Auto train moves new Boeing 737s over Mullan Pass. The airplanes are destined for Washington State, where they will get final assembly....
Montana Mountain Climbing.... Perhaps the best place on Mullan Pass to witness the struggle of man versus gravity is at Iron Ridge. The grade here is a stiff compensated 2.2% with 10 degrees curv... (more)
Montana Rail Link EMD F45 No. 391 leads the eastbound MRL ML (Missoula to Laurel manifest) freight down the steep grades of Mullan Pass just west of Austin, Montana, on September 2, 2003.
BNSF 6033 with the "Yellow swoosh" tagging along glide down the eastern slope of MRL's Mullan Pass.
After negotiating a couple of horseshoe curves at Austin, a loaded BNSF grain train has crossed back over top of itself, struggling to get over Mullan Pass.
Helper #2 sits quietly at the eastend of Austin siding waiting on a slow westbound climbing up Mullan Pass.
Helper #2 drifts through the siding at Austin, heading down to the eastend to meet another westbound.
BNSF's Kansas City to Spokane manifest climbs towards Austin on MRL's 3rd Subdivision.
MRL's Helena Helper #4 coasts eastward down Mullan Pass heading for their next assignment at Helena.
Repainted into the new Rail Link scheme, MRL 4312 is the first of 4 SD70ACes in Helper #2's consist assisting BNSF's KCKSPO over Mullan Pass.