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  1. BNSF coal gondola

    BNSF coal gondola

    A BNSF coal gondola sports BNSF's latest logo at Mullan Pass.
  2. Smoke and Heat

    Smoke and Heat

    The evening MRL gas local from Missoula to Pipeline, on Saturday 7/26, put on quite a show along the Clark Fork River southeast of St. Regis. The normal power was substituted by GP-9 #116, GP-35 #403, GP-9s #127 and #113 (ex MSTL, DRGW, GN and NP).
  3. BNSF grain at Austin

    BNSF grain at Austin

    A BNSF grain train powered by 3 Dash 9's & an SD70ACe barels down the 2.2% grade towards Helena
  4. MRL #4304

    MRL #4304

    MRL SD70ACe #4304 passes through a grade crossing on its way back to Helena on a BNSF grain train.
  5. Soo Line Survivor

    Soo Line Survivor

    An old auto rack car still in its Soo Line livery.
  6. Railroad Art

    Railroad Art

    One of the rail cars that looks like it has been decorated by an artist, not a graffitist.
  7. Good ol' Casacade Green

    Good ol' Casacade Green

    An ex.BN whiteface SD60M on a BNSF manifest at Helena, Mt
  8. Framed!


    The cab & air conditioner on BNSF Dash 9 #4595 is framed by a walk-through passage at the Helena depot
  9. MRL Hi-Rail at Helena

    MRL Hi-Rail at Helena

    A MRL Hi-Rail pickup at the Helena Depot
  10. 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:
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Paradise Local

    Paradise Local

    Montana Rail Link's Paradise Local pulls into Thompson Falls to switch a lumber customer powered by two aging GP9's.
  14. Blossberg portal

    Blossberg portal

    The track can be seen curving before entering the 3,896.5' tunnel.
  15. 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
  16. Around the curve

    Around the curve

    The 3-unit helper set moves around a curve towards Mullan tunnel
  17. 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.
  18. West Portal

    West Portal

    A view of the soot-blackened Mullan Pass tunnel's west portal at Blossberg. I waited and hoped a west-bound would come so I could witness the semi-famous "black fog of Blossberg" as it is called, but a non-stop parade of EB trains & only 1 day to do the whole Mullan Pass area kept...
  19. Montana Rail Link

    Montana Rail Link

    Still waiting for something to come my way at Blossberg, I decide to take a picture of MRL's logo on one of their signal boxes at Blossberg
  20. Mullan Grain

    Mullan Grain

    An east-bound BNSF grain train roars toward Helena, Mt as it decends the 2.2% grade on the east side of Mullan Pass near Austin. 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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