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  1. Stretching Their Legs

    Stretching Their Legs

    MRL 4310 leads a 4 unit set of SD70ACe motors on the run back towards the west portal of the Mullan Pass tunnel and then on to Helena. These units have just cut out after serving as mid-train helpers for a coal drag. The early evening sunlight has put the ROW into the shadows as they roll...
  2. Overpowered?

    Overpowered?

    2 SD70ACe's & 2 SD45's (2nd one not shown in this pic.) swtich cars at Garrison on the western end of Mullan Pass
  3. Manifest in Montana (5)

    Manifest in Montana (5)

    The BNSF manifest & its diverse assortment of freight cars passes my locoation on its was east
  4. Manifest in Montana (4)

    Manifest in Montana (4)

    The BNSF manifest & its diverse assortment of freight cars passes my locoation on its was east
  5. Manifest in Montana (2)

    Manifest in Montana (2)

    The trains 2 engines, a GE Dash9 in the lead with an EMD SD75M trailing
  6. Manisfest in Montana (3)

    Manisfest in Montana (3)

    The BNSF manifest & its diverse assortment of freight cars passes my locoation on its was east
  7. Manifest in Montana (1)

    Manifest in Montana (1)

    The BNSF manifest groans upgrade as it nears my location
  8. Climbing the west side

    Climbing the west side

    A BNSF manifest climbs the west slope of Mullan Pass a couple miles downgrade from the summit at Blossberg
  9. Pause between trains

    Pause between trains

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

    Into the Darkness

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

    BNSF coal gondola

    A BNSF coal gondola sports BNSF's latest logo at Mullan Pass.
  12. 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
  13. MRL #4304

    MRL #4304

    MRL SD70ACe #4304 passes through a grade crossing on its way back to Helena on a BNSF grain train.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. BNSF coal empties at Blossberg (2)

    BNSF coal empties at Blossberg (2)

    The BNSF empty coal train starts its decent through Mullan Tunnel towards Helena on a warm July afternoon
  17. BNSF coal empties at Blossberg (3)

    BNSF coal empties at Blossberg (3)

    A good view of the locomotives on the head end, which include a BNSF ES44AC, a BNSF AC4400, & a BNSF SD70ACe
  18. 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.
  19. Blossberg portal

    Blossberg portal

    The track can be seen curving before entering the 3,896.5' tunnel.
  20. 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



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