Passing the last remaining physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark expedition - Pompeys Pillar out of sight to the left - the Dilworth to Laurel manifest is running ahead of a fast moving storm a... (more)
Thundering right along on the approach to Big Timber, a massive derailment would find this train tied down in Livingston for the next 48 hours.
As parts of the Midwest hit temps around -50, I was thankful to be in a much more manageable 40 degree state. Making it even more enjoyable were these classic 40's wheeling around a chilly Yellows... (more)
3 classic motors are in the company notch with clear blocks to Livingston as they pull through the curves west of Quebec.
Although not as scenic as the 10th, 4th or even 3rd Sub, the MRL's 2nd Sub still has plenty to offer and contrary to belief is not flat or straight. Seen here curving through the classic eastern M... (more)
Consecutively numbered elephant style 40's dig in as they slide through the bluffs near Columbus. Certainly a nice sight considering all 4 new ACe's are on property at this point.
MRL 264 is on duty at Blossburg, MT on top of Mullan Pass with a Jimbo work train. Today it will back the train and ballast hoppers down to Elliston, then continue west toward Missoula. MRL mainte... (more)
Montana Rail Link’s eastbound gas local crosses the Thompson River and passes milepost 26 near Woodlin (east of Thompson Falls), Montana, on May 6, 2012. EMD SD40 No 261 (rebuilt to a SD40-2XR), a... (more)
The sweet sound of EMD 645 prime movers fills the mountain air on Bozeman Pass as a westbound BNSF Laurel to Pasco manifest with three MRL SD40-2XR's up front tops the grade at West End on the 2nd... (more)
Early morning on the eastern slope of Bozeman Pass finds a trio of Montana Rail Link SD40 motors climbing the grade near Muir on the MRL's 2nd Subdivision with a Laurel to Pasco mixed freight.
A pair of very clean MRL SD40-2XR's 260 and 261 lead the 'Celebrating 25 Years' Employee Special eastbound toward Livingston. The two units had 25 Year signage affixed to their cab sides. Employ... (more)
After exchanging cars with the 844 local and switching their train, the 840 local rolls west alongside the Missouri River just east of Toston.
A pair of rebuilt SD40s ease the 840 local into Logan, where after exchanging cars with the 844 local, will return back to Helena to tie up for the night.
A lone MRL unit (former CNW SD40 877) eases a work train down Bozeman Pass. The old tunnel portal can be seen on the right, replaced by the Northern Pacific in 1945.