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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).
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:
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...
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