The all night drive from Eastern Montana with a friend and fellow co-worker suddenly became worth it, after MRL's ML spent nearly four hours switching out their pickup in Garrison and adding anoth... (more)
Due to two derailments on BNSF's Glasgow Subdivision in Eastern Montana, a handful of intermodal trains were detoured via the MRL to get to the West Coast. BNSF's Logistics Park, IL to Tacoma, WA ... (more)
Big Sky, Big Scenery. A loaded BNSF coal train swings through a short but narrow canyon at Bearmouth. MRL's 3rd Subdivision between Elliston and Missoula doesn't get nearly the railfan coverage th... (more)
MRL Helpers drift down Mullan Pass after shoving a coal train up the hill on what would be a quiet 4th of July along the MRL.
Montana's Capitol gets pounded by a Summer thunderstorm, while a heavy grain train destined for the Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad in Centralia, WA claws up the 2.2% grade of Mullan Pass and over ... (more)
The light at the end of the tunnel might be a train! The 11MPH struggle is almost over for the BNSF 4652 and company, as with the assistance of a quartet of Montana Rail Link SD70ACe's, thi... (more)
A warm July morning finds the ML, MRL's Missoula to Laurel freight, descending the east slope of Mullan Pass over Skyline Trestle, referred to as "Austin Gulch" on track charts.
An MRL mid-train all-EMD helper set grinds up the final quarter-mile of the 2.2% ascending grade of Mullan Pass, emerging from the recently-shortened Mullan Tunnel and bringing a choking cloud of ... (more)
A westbound manifest grinds up the east slope of Mullan Pass into the upper of the Austin Loops at Iron Ridge on a crisp summer morning. The mid-train helpers are just barely visible in the distan... (more)
"Into the storm." A five-unit set of frost-covered MRL SD70ACe's push for all they're worth while working midtrain on a westbound unit grainer, seen climbing the 2.2% of Mullan Pass near... (more)
Look! A 40 foot boxcar in 2014! A lone Montana Rail Link SD40-2XR leads a short MOW reposition move over the Skyline Trestle on a phenomenal morning, where the warming temperature is quickl... (more)
Exiting the Mullan Tunnel at Blossburg, MRL 319 West and company breathe fresh air for the first time in the last 3,426 feet. The famous Blossburg Black Fog isn't of what it used to be before the ... (more)
A quartet of SD70ACe's based out of the State Capitol return light over the impressive Skyline Trestle on a gorgeous Fall morning after assisting a Westbound grain train over Mullan Pass.
BNSF 5355 East takes the siding at West Austin as, even now, a westbound manifest is awaiting a green light in order to continue its climb over Mullan Pass. It's a pretty smooth operation here.
A new EMD SD70ACe leads an empty Centralia, WA coal train through the curves above Austin on the east side of Mullan Pass.