|Java, Montana is a five mile
hike up the road from Essex. Early in the morning, the
section gang prepares for a day of ballast tamping and
|Work at Java pauses as the Empire Builder gracefully glides into the morning sun.|
|A work train full of ballast hoppers shoves by the work site, led by a caboose (with operational backup whistle), and pushed by a BN SD40-2 and two W&P GP38-2s. The unit on the rear appears to be working hard.|
|An all-new, all-BNSF train of covered hoppers passes
through the work zone at Java East.
|An Eastbound double stack train crosses US Highway 2
at Java East, entering Glacier National Park.
|Another stack train, this one with units from SF, BN,
|A pair of helper locomotives, returning westward from
the summit of Marias Pass.
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