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Photo ID: 627687

The local turn from Helena, MT to Townsend descends Winston Hill just northwest of Townsend. It will switch a talc plant, pick up a lumber load, then head back to Helena. MRL 109 was NP 210, then ... (more)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 109
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 30, 2017


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Aug 21, 2017

Views: 660
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Photo ID: 625622

BNSF 6565 glides down Winston Hill on MRL and into an S curve prior to rolling through Townsend, MT with its Q train. This train is a relatively new service trying to get back into the intermodal ... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44C4
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6565
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 30, 2017


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Aug 05, 2017

Views: 963
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Photo ID: 624801

Sprinting along U.S. Highway 287 south of Townsend, Montana, is eastbound Montana Rail Link MMISLAU (Missoula to Laurel manifest) powered by brutish EMD SD70ACes Nos. 4403 and 4402 on a very rainy... (more)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4403
Train ID: MRL MMISLAU
Photo Date: September 27, 2014


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jul 29, 2017

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Photo ID: 624790

MRL rebuilt SD40 265 and venerable GP9 no. 109 get a roll on their local as they accelerate out of Townsend, MT and across the Missouri River. The train is about to tackle Winston Hill on its way ... (more)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2R
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 265
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 30, 2017


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Jul 29, 2017

Views: 480
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Photo ID: 623457

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 109
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 30, 2017


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Jul 17, 2017

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Photo ID: 623155

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 109
Train ID: MRL Helena switch
Photo Date: June 30, 2017


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jul 14, 2017

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Photo ID: 623154

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 109
Train ID: MRL Helena switch
Photo Date: June 30, 2017


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jul 14, 2017

Views: 2,924
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Favorited: 17
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Photo ID: 622167

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)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6139
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 30, 2017


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Jul 05, 2017

Views: 922
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Photo ID: 604146

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)

Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: 7200
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 24, 2015


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By: Rick Erben

Added: Jan 24, 2017

Views: 542
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Photo ID: 603648

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.

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: GE C40-8W (Dash 8-40CW)
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: 840
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 09, 1998


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By: Rick Erben

Added: Jan 19, 2017

Views: 785
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Photo ID: 582250

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.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44C4
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6751
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 30, 2016


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Jul 09, 2016

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Photo ID: 582055

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4315
Train ID: Helena Local
Photo Date: June 30, 2016


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Jul 07, 2016

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Photo ID: 582012

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)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 4315
Train ID: Helena Local
Photo Date: June 29, 2016


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Jul 06, 2016

Views: 1,255
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Favorited: 5

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Photo ID: 535220

A trio of EMD SD40 types including a rare SDP40 #290 slow to work the town of Townsend, Montana.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD40X
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 261
Train ID: MRL 840 Local
Photo Date: June 05, 2015


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By: Michael Biehn

Added: Jun 17, 2015

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Photo ID: 501182

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.

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: EMD SD45-2XR
Location: Townsend, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: MRL 351
Train ID: M SPOLAU1 03A
Photo Date: October 05, 2014


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By: Austin S....

Added: Oct 07, 2014

Views: 1,737
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Favorited: 3

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