A Montana Rail Link helper set drifts down Mullan Pass rolling by the west end of Skyline siding
The sun rises on a beautiful morning on the Clark Fork River as Montana Rail Link No. 4315 leading a westbound manifest nears the town of Plains Montana.
Montana Rail Link’s Helena local follows the Missouri River into Lombard Canyon east of Toston, Montana, on June 29, 2016.
Four Montana Rail Link EMD SD70ACes add some mountain-climbing muscle as a manned helper set cut in the middle of a westbound BNSF freight as they cross Skyline Trestle just west of Skyline, Monta... (more)
Montana Rail Link 840 local (Helena local) heads west past Toston Dam in Lombard Canyon east of Toston, Montana, on June 27, 2016, powered by EMD SD70ACe No. 4315 and SD45 No. 382. Unfortunately, ... (more)
Montana Rail Link’s No. 840 Helena local heads east through Lombard Canyon between Toston and Lombard, Montana, on the afternoon of June 26, 2016. EMD SD70Ace No. 4315 leads the local that is head... (more)
Montana Rail Link’s Helena local heads east through Lombard Canyon between Toston and Lombard, Montana, on the afternoon of June 26, 2016. EMD SD70Ace No. 4315 leads SD45 No. 382 on the local head... (more)
On June 30, the Helena Local got a real late start, not arriving at Townsend until sunset. My friend Dave Gayer and I were returning from Lombard thinking we might get lucky and see the train our ... (more)
After switching at Townsend, the Helena local met several freight trains en route to Trident, MT where it would switch cars at the cement plant. Here the train glides along the banks of the Missou... (more)
This every day local switching talc cars at Lime near Townsend, MT was nothing abnormal except for trailing unit, MRL 382, the last operating SD45 on Montana Rail Link. The Helena Local, a turn fr... (more)
From a vantage point on the rocks high above Plateau Tunnel, one of MRL's sporadically-ran unit talc trains races down the Clark Fork River through some spectacular canyon scenery on its journey w... (more)
MRL 4315, "manned helpers" assist the KCKSPO on the head end as they climb 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.
After meeting a loaded grain train (seen in the background) at the east end of the siding at Austin, Helena Helper #2 returns down Mullan Pass to Helena.