Cutting between the mighty Clark Fork River and the smaller but still beautiful Smiley Slough, the Day Gas finally hits the sunshine as they approach Plains.
With no other opposing traffic for 40 miles, the Day Gas accelerates out of Plains as they head the long way back to Missoula.
As the Night Gas rolls into Plains for a meet at the end of a perfect MT day, astute observers will notice MRL log cars on the head end. MRL log flats are making a comeback after the majority of t... (more)
Making good time, the Day Gas is ambling along the gorgeous Flathead River as they head back to Missoula. Although they are a river runner both ways, they will still make good time home.
Early morning light peaks over the ridges and into the Clark Fork Valley as the westbound Montana Rail Link morning gas train rolls towards its destination of east Thompson Falls. The train will s... (more)
A sunny, but chilly morning greets the westbound gas train from Missoula to East Thompson Falls, MT as a pair of SD70ACes near their destination with their train. They will switch the plant and he... (more)
Montana Rail Link's infamous Gas Local races by a well-known photo location along the Clark Fork River just north of Plains on its way back to Missoula.
Luckily these classic signal bridges still populate the west end of the railroad... for now. Night Gas heads into Plains to meet two.
Night Gas sprints towards Pipeline as the sun sets on another gorgeous Montana day in the mountains. Note the racks and black tank on the head end, the Gas trains now do local work in addition to ... (more)
To me, this is quintessential west end MRL shot: Beautiful pines and a free flowing river pair nicely with fresh blue MRL units. We did have to sweat out the light a little, with a set out at Para... (more)
The famous Montana Rail Link gas train now usually contains lumber cars ever since the Paradise local was abolished. The local out of Paradise use to handle these duties but a slow down in the lum... (more)