helpers

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  1. snow squall

    snow squall

    MRL helpers push a grain train westbound thru a late spring snow squll in south central Montana up toward the mountains.
  2. Ready to try again

    Ready to try again

    After the grain train stalled and had to back down the hill, the crews of the grainer and the helpers get ready to try again at Easton.
  3. 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
  4. Around the curve

    Around the curve

    The 3-unit helper set moves around a curve towards Mullan tunnel
  5. 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.
  6. Montana Rail Link Helpers

    Montana Rail Link Helpers

    Here is a going away shot of MRL helpers on Bozeman hill late last summer with Forest Fires a plenty in 'Big Sky' country. They were pushing up a 'heavy' grain train. I think this personally addes to the photo..
  7. Montana Rail Link ACe's

    Montana Rail Link ACe's

    four MRL SD70ACe's make up a helper set on the back of a westbound loaded coal train as it descends the west side of Bozeman Pass through Jackson Creek Canyon
  8. Helper Units.......

    Helper Units.......

    A pair of former Conrail SD50 helpers are waiting for the signal to approach and couple to an idle train a mile ahead. The locos arrived at 3 pm and weren't gone by the time we left at 4:30 pm.
  9. Helpers

    Helpers

    Two BNSF units are seen pushing a manifest down the eastern slope of Tehachapi Pass near Monolith.
  10. UP'S Yuma Sub

    UP'S Yuma Sub

    UP Westbound Freight Train Helpers at Redlands, Ca.
  11. BNSF'S Cajon Sub

    BNSF'S Cajon Sub

    BNSF Eastbound Doublestack Train Helpers at Cajon Summit, Ca.
  12. manned helpers going away

    manned helpers going away

    Captured along side Cajon Blvd as this stack train rolls west into the San Bernardino yard. Even though the sun was low and bright, I was able to salvage an acceptable image with some software adjustments.
  13. Light Helpers at Cajon

    Light Helpers at Cajon

    SF6737, SF6715 run light through Cajon returning west after assisting an eastbound freight up the hill to cajon Summit. 6 August 2002.
  14. Helpers at Blue Cut

    Helpers at Blue Cut

    SF6715 and SF6737 bring up the rear of an eastbound on BNSF line 1 near Blue Cut on the Cajon Sub in Southern California. The two helpers were detached at Cajon Summit and returned west light to San Bernardino
  15. SP light helpers 1996

    SP light helpers 1996

    An SP light helper set approaches Salt Cr. trestle near Heather, OR in March 1996



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