A brake control mechanism allows the engineman in a lead locomotive to control the brakes of a helper locomotive and does not require a manual connection of the brake pipe of the train to that of the helper locomotive. The End of Train (EOT) unit is used to effect this control. The EOT transmits brake pipe pressure data sensed at the end of the train. Both the lead locomotive and the helper locomotive are equipped with Head of Train (HOT) units which receive the transmitted data from the EOT unit. In the case of the HOT unit in the lead locomotive, this data is processed and displayed for the engineman in that locomotive, as is the normal operation in those units. However, in the case of the HOT unit in the helper locomotive, that unit is first of all set to receive the transmitted data from the EOT unit by dialing in the identification (ID) of the EOT unit using thumbwheels on the HOT unit provided for that purpose. Secondly, the data received by the HOT unit in the helper locomotive is used to control the pressure in the brake pipe of the helper locomotive so that the pressure in the helper locomotive brake pipe is made to "mirror" that sensed by the EOT unit, making the brakes of the helper train behave as if they were connected to and communicating with the brake pipe of the train to which the helper locomotive is connected.