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MRL Grain Train

Ever wondered what 48,600 horsepower looks like, look no further. The following photos show a run by of a 127 car loaded BNSF grain train typically seen on the MRL in the mid summer complete with two sets of helpers. The head end diesels are three BNSF AC units, two AC4400s, and a single SD70MAC. The mid helpers are three MRL SD45s and a F45, the rear helps are a six unit mix of a SD40, SD45s, and SD45-2s, dang can you imagine the sound?!? Enjoy.
BNSF 5704 in the lead.
BNSF 5704 in the lead.
BNSF 9897 and 5656 are 2nd & 3rd.
BNSF 9897 and 5656 are 2nd & 3rd.
Past the grade xing, the cars are going to be waiting a while.
Past the grade xing, the cars are going to be waiting a while.
The Judge meets 13,200 hp worth of BNSF muscle.
The Judge meets 13,200 hp worth of BNSF muscle.
73 cars back here come the mid-train helpers.
73 cars back here come the mid-train helpers.
SD45s, MRL 375, 367, F45 390, and the Kodachrome 7556.
SD45s, MRL 375, 367, F45 390, and the Kodachrome 7556.
14,400 hp worth of mid-helps at the xing.
14,400 hp worth of mid-helps at the xing.
Multi-foamer angle 1, MRL 7556.
Multi-foamer angle 1, MRL 7556.
Multi-foamer angle 2, MRL 7556.
Multi-foamer angle 2, MRL 7556.
54 cars further back, the rear helps are shoving hard.
54 cars further back, the rear helps are shoving hard.
21,000 hp, holy smokes!
21,000 hp, holy smokes!
116 cylinders screaming in notch 8.
116 cylinders screaming in notch 8.
Multi-foamer angle 3, rear helps.
Multi-foamer angle 3, rear helps.
Finally MRL 342 brings up the rear.
Finally MRL 342 brings up the rear.
The train continues up the pass.
The train continues up the pass.