After a few days in Sturgis it was time to get back to railroading. I camped beneath a cottonwood tree beside the tracks and watched the passing of trains through the night - some with five unit s... (more)
A westbound BNSF train traveling over the MRL exits Mullan Tunnel in a plume of smoke. The tunnel cuts under the Continental Divide at 5,548 feet above sea level and stretching 3,896 feet long. T... (more)
An eastbound BNSF train on the MRL is drowning down grade from the Continental Divide at Blossburg on Mullan Pass. The train is seen here after just crossing over Greenhorn Trestle just down from ... (more)
The occasion of an empty flat car affords a view of a westbound manifest climbing the grade at the scenic location of Austin, MT, several miles west of Helena. Behind the five unit helper set of S... (more)
The classic #290 leads the Jimbo train east.
Grain empties pass the junction with the line to Butte .
Grain loads run west amist fall colors on the MRL 3Rd Sub.
The last of its breed, MRL #290 leads the Jimbo train west into Garrison.
Helena based helpers are cutting out of the middle of a westbound BNSF coal load.They escape into the pocket track here, the coal load doubles up and proceeds west.
Westbound coal loads wait in the siding at Elliston for eastbound coal empties to pass.
An entire grain train is visible in this one shot. Leading is a former BN executive SD70MAC, followed by a ubiquitous GE Dash-9. Four MRL SD70ACes can be seen in distance helping the train up the ... (more)
A trio of MRL SD70ACes swing through the horseshoe curve at the west end of Austin siding with a train bound for Missoula.
Two older GEVOs lead stacks through a rock cut near Bradley, MT west of Avon on a beautiful summer morning.
Stacks head eastbound through Jens, MT behind a pair of older GEVO models. It's still hard to believe that some of these units are approaching the 10 year mark.