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)
The "Blue Trio" that's been plying MRL's mainline paying back horsepower hours to BNSF for the past few months made their last trip west on HLAUPAS124. The three units were then separate... (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.
The Dixon Senior Center has a great price on a hot meal, if you don't mind eating early...
"Plains for two": Montana Rail Link SD40-2XR No. 263 leads the Day Gas Local out of the siding at Plains after meeting two westbound freights on a frigid December afternoon. With a classic ... (more)
Nice SD40 frame (former BN 6317).
The day gas heads back to Missoula.
MRL's Gas Local squeals around the sharp curves just east of Perma on its way to Missoula.