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  1. Pause between trains

    Pause between trains

    The tracks at Blossberg are momentairly void of any action as I wait for the next train
  2. Into the Darkness

    Into the Darkness

    The last car on an east-bound BNSF coal train vanishes into Mullan Tunnel
  3. BNSF coal gondola

    BNSF coal gondola

    A BNSF coal gondola sports BNSF's latest logo at Mullan Pass.
  4. Coal empties at Blossberg(2)

    Coal empties at Blossberg(2)

    A long train of coal empties, most owned by PGEX, crosses the continental divide at Blossberg
  5. Coal empties at Blossberg(1)

    Coal empties at Blossberg(1)

    A long train of coal empties, most owned by PGEX, crosses the continental divide at Blossberg
  6. Mullan Tunnel

    Mullan Tunnel

    One can barley see the other end of the 3,896' tunnel from the west portal at Blossberg. LOCATION: Blossberg, Mt RAILROAD: Montana Rail Link TRAIN/LOCOMOTIVE: - DATE: July 2008
  7. Heading into Mullan Tunnel

    Heading into Mullan Tunnel

    BNSF #6062 & its train of coal empties heads into the west entrance at Blossberg. The train is split across the 2 sides of the continental divide here, with the locomotives & about 5 to 8 coal gondolas on the east side & the rest on the west side
  8. East-bound coal empties at Blossberg

    East-bound coal empties at Blossberg

    BNSF ES44AC #6062, accompanied by 2 trailing units, a BNSF AC4400 & a BNSF SD70ACe, crest the divide at Blossberg after climbing a 1.2% grade up the west side.
  9. Blossberg portal

    Blossberg portal

    The track can be seen curving before entering the 3,896.5' tunnel.
  10. Its all down hill from here

    Its all down hill from here

    The 3-unit helper set starts to head down the 1%grade towards Mullan Tunnel, which will steepen to 2.2% at the east end of the tunnel & continue down to Helena
  11. Around the curve

    Around the curve

    The 3-unit helper set moves around a curve towards Mullan tunnel
  12. Cresting the summit at Blossberg

    Cresting the summit at Blossberg

    An east-bound 3-unit helper set of MRL SD45's crests the continental divide at Blossberg.
  13. Continental Divide- East side

    Continental Divide- East side

    A sign approx. 500 ft. from the west tunnel portal denotes the continental divide for WB trains (and on-lookers).
  14. Continental Divide - west side

    Continental Divide - west side

    A sign denoting the continental divide to EB trains (and on-lookers) at the crest of Mullan Pass reads "CONTINENTAL DIVIDE elevation 5,548 ft. above sealevel", & can be seen abt. 500 ft. west of Mullan Tunnel's west portal
  15. Homestake Pass

    Homestake Pass

    A picture of a trestle on the west side of Homestake Pass, which crosses the continental divide just east of Butte, Mt. The tracks on Homestake Pass are owned by BNSF & are currently inactive, although Montana Rail Link is looking into reopening the pass to relieve congestion on Mullan... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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