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The eastbound grade increases to 1.8 percent at Essex. Helpers have been stationed here since the line was first opened to assist eastbound trains up the hill to the summit of Marias Pass. Except for a short one mile stretch at Java, the 18 miles up the hill to the summit is double track.
Engines 810, 807, 851, and 814 arrive in Essex as the helper power for train 88.
A short time later train 88 (Extra 6436 East) rolls by. The helpers are cut in ahead of the piggyback trailers on the rear of the train. Disk 13