The MRL local turn from Helena, MT to Townsend arrives at Townsend where it will pick up a lumber load and run around its train before heading northwest back to Helena. This view could have been o... (more)
Montana Rail Link’s Helena switch has two cars for the lime plant at Townsend, Montana, as it drops downgrade just west of town on June 30, 2017. Led by spiffy GP9 No. 109 and recently-repainted S... (more)
Montana Rail Link’s Helena switch has two cars for the lime plant at Townsend as it drops downgrade on Winston Hill passing milepost 209 west of Townsend, Montana, on June 30, 2017. The Helena swi... (more)
BNSF 6139 leads an empty oil train past a chapel just north of Townsend, MT. The eastbound train has a pair of MRL SD70ACes tucked in behind the lead units, most likely headed to Livingston for so... (more)
Fall brings a steady parade of grain traffic to the northern routes. BNSF 7200 East is gliding off Winston hill as it passes the classic NP-era cantilever and searchlight signals in Townsend, MT o... (more)
Rich in refrigerated traffic and other business out of the PNW, ATSF 840 East shoots down the Missouri River valley between Townsend and Toston, MT on a September afternoon. Fuji Astia.
An eastbound manifest makes good time descending Winston Hill as it approaches Townsend, MT on Montana Rail Link. The third unit is a rebuilt SD60M courtesy of Norfolk Southern.
On June 30, the Helena Local got a real late start, not arriving at Townsend until sunset. My friend Dave Gayer and I were returning from Lombard thinking we might get lucky and see the train our ... (more)
This every day local switching talc cars at Lime near Townsend, MT was nothing abnormal except for trailing unit, MRL 382, the last operating SD45 on Montana Rail Link. The Helena Local, a turn fr... (more)
A trio of EMD SD40 types including a rare SDP40 #290 slow to work the town of Townsend, Montana.
The engineer on this Spokane-Laurel manifest opens up the throttle on this set of SD45-2XRs after meeting two westbounds in the siding at Townsend.
The Helena local is working an industry in Townsend on a beautiful morning.
A BNSF coal load walks up Winston Hill with a westbound coal load. 'Heavies' (Coal, Grain, Oil and Coke) often consume almost an hour climbing the 1%+ grades of Winston Hill. In about 1 minute th... (more)
A slow moving westbound coal load crawls up Winston, as a very patient eastbound waits its turn to transverse Winston Hill.....
Eastbound local out of Helena makes a quick switch during a hail storm on the north side of Townsend.