A Montana Rail Link ballast train heads west through Jefferson River Canyon west of Sappington, Montana, on the afternoon of June 26, 2016.
The entire active SD45 fleet with a former UP SD40 up front pound up Bozeman Hill. Even with 56 cylinders they still put on a show lugging 37 side dumps to Whitehall. Standard cabs and side dumps,... (more)
A fifteen-car Montana Rail Link Helena local descends Winston Hill approaching milepost 215 east of Winston, Montana, on June 30, 2020. Powering the train is EMD SD40-2XR No. 263 and GP9 No. 109.
Clipping along with seven cars for the cement plant at Townsend is Montana Rail Link’s Helena local just east of Winston, Montana, on June 25, 2020.
Skirting along the banks of the Yellowstone River, this switch job has just returned from the furthest point east MRL crews operate trains, the Coors elevator in Huntley, MT. Seen returning to Bil... (more)
MRL's Rock Train eases its way through the valleys of Montana's 5th subdivison mountains with MRL 256 leading towards Whitehall, Montana.
MRL 265 leading a train down the MRL 5th Sub through the canyons. This train is bound for loading down at Pipestone, MT. Such a beautiful line!
Montana Rail Link’s Helena switch has almost reached the top of Winston Hill at Winston, Montana, as its returns back to Helena on June 30, 2017. Led by freshly-repainted EMD SD40-2XR (rebuilt SD4... (more)
Montana Rail Link built a short section of track on old Milwaukee Road branch line right-of-way at Bonner, Montana, to help facilitate cleanup of the Milltown Dam site in 2009. Years of mining act... (more)
The rear end of a westbound Burlington Northern grain train is about to exit the big Iron Ridge Cut between Austin and Weed, Montana, while climbing Montana Rail Link’s main line over Mullan Pass ... (more)
Thundering through Tobin A Montana Rail Link rear helper set of three SD40s mated with another SD45-2 shoves hard into the rear of the westbound BNSF coal train thundering through Tobin... (more)
A trio of MRL blue SD40-2s lead a combined Jimbo and empty rail train back to Missoula, MN along the MRL 10th subdivision.
MRL 259 and 255 have the honors of bringing rail up to Tuscor, the location of a recent derailment of about 30 coal cars. This was the first train we ran into on our MRL adventure.
Departing Trident along the Gallatin River, Montana Rail Link’s 844 local heads back to Logan with twelve cars of cement.
An eastbound Montana Rail Link ballast train takes the siding at Townsend, Montana, on the morning of June 26, 2019.