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  1. Helper Unit

    Helper Unit

  2. BNSF

    BNSF

    Helper engine on a long coal train heading East at Highlands station in Hinsdale Illinois
  3. Dunsmuir Helpers

    Dunsmuir Helpers

    Before the Cantara nightmare, these units would boost eb (northbound) freights out of the Sacramento River canyon. A wb PTLAT is holding the siding at the upper yard.
  4. CP 9522, riding out

    CP 9522, riding out

    DPU engine 9522 coasts down the main to stop. CP 9573, the lead unit, will stop at the fuel pad behind the railway station down town.
  5. BNSF manifest at Helena

    BNSF manifest at Helena

    A west-bound BNSF manifest waits at the Helena depot for a set of helpers after changing crew. I was able to catch a helper set heading back towards Helena up at Blossberg later that day: http://www.railroadforums.com/photos/showphoto.php/photo/55670/cat/500/ppuser/4714...
  6. 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
  7. Around the curve

    Around the curve

    The 3-unit helper set moves around a curve towards Mullan tunnel
  8. 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.
  9. Helpers Start EB Shove Up West Slope

    Helpers Start EB Shove Up West Slope

  10. BNSF Rear End Helper On Coal Train Through Decatur

    BNSF Rear End Helper On Coal Train Through Decatur

  11. Helping Out

    Helping Out

    Never would have thought to see one of these here. A helper on the the rear of a unit coal. This was one of two I saw that day in Rochelle.




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