A few weeks before my move, another gorgeous fall day came around and it was business as usual on the Iron Range of Minnesota, as pellets for Two Harbors come steaming out of the plant.
Although quite dirty by MRL standards, these helpers cannot avoid it working through Bozeman tunnel. This helper set has picked up the locals engines and cars and will bring them back to Livingst... (more)
After a snowstorm covered eastern Montana, the endless parade of westbounds over the MRL continued with this coal train charging west along the Yellowstone River.
With 125 loads of coal and 4 BNSF motors in Run 8, the Livingston Helpers give it all they have, with the oldest SDP40 in existence sandwiched between. In a few miles, the assault will be over and... (more)
A very unusual sight on the MRL, a BNSF passenger train consisting of various business fleet cars, including Great Dome #31, fly through Columbus along the very scenic Yellowstone River. I don't b... (more)
One of CN's unique SD40U's leads a train of hot pellets back to Proctor.
Big Sky Country. Montana certainly lives up to its billing. Here the entire 77 car LM is visible as runs out its final miles in the prairie and farmlands before tackling the famed helper districts... (more)
Built 63 years apart, two SD70ACe's dwarf the ex CGW 120, now MRL 115, just as Crazy Mountains in the background dwarf the LM as it makes its way across the eastern end of the railroad between Big... (more)
Just short of Elton, the LM heads west alongside the Yellowstone River, as the unseasonably warm weather has caused the river to start running again.
LM stretches out in the early parts of the long trip to Helena as it approaches Reed Point.
The LM is almost a quarter of the way to its destination of Missoula as it approaches Livingston with a set out and a wait for helpers before it tackles the hill ahead.
A nice juxtaposition. 7 Yard/Hill with modern day LS&I power backs down to their train as the 7 Tilden with old school LS&I power heads light to Tilden.
With a nice snow cloud following it, a trio of Bessemer units hustle loads towards Greenville.
Back before ETTS, a trio of Bessemer tunnel motors dig in to the stiff grade as they depart Conneaut, kicking snow up in the process.
Engineer Adamski has taconite loads well in hand as he descends Proctor Hill on a beautiful morning.