A westbound BNSF manifest freight follows the bend in the Missouri River in Lombard Canyon just west of Lombard, Montana, on June 24, 2015. A pair of GE ES44ACs power the train—one BNSF and a visi... (more)
Strung out on the famed Bozeman Pass, the sound of 20 cylinders pounding up the mountain is truly something to behold. Rounding a curve in the middle of the hill, it will only be minutes before t... (more)
At 8:36 p.m. on June 28, 2016, some of the last sunlight of the day lights up the tracks of Montana Rail Link through Lombard, Montana, illuminating a glowing six-car Helena local approaching the ... (more)
Adorned in MRL's new paint scheme in 2013 and promptly stored in 2014 (AFAIK) with an uncertain fate, the #355 is back from dead, seen here leading the first SD45 powered train on the MRL in just... (more)
Although updates have made the billowing clouds of smoke a thing of the past, an SD45 bursts out of the tunnel with plenty of gusto behind it! The first MRL train to feature an SD45 as a leader in... (more)
Montana Limestone Company’s colorful EMD SD50Fs Nos. 5404 and 5438 rest at Warren, Montana, on June 24, 2016. These two former Canadian National locomotives operate at a dedicated truck dump and r... (more)
If you ever wondered what the rear view was like from the cab of a Canadian cowl locomotive equipped with a “Draper taper,” this is what it looks like from the engineer’s seat of Montana Limestone... (more)
The bright red nose surrounds the headlights of Montana Limestone Company’s former Canadian National EMD SD50F No. 5404 at Warren, Montana, on the afternoon of June 24, 2016.
Drifting downgrade into Austin, Montana, on the morning of June 29, 2016, is a Montana Rail Link helper set heading back to Helena to help another train up Mullan Pass. Note the large cut above th... (more)
An eastbound BNSF coal train snakes along the Missouri River through Lombard Canyon between Toston and Lombard, Montana, late in the afternoon of June 25, 2016. Three “elephant-style” EMD SD70ACes... (more)
MRL 204 is eastbound past the tower in Garrison, MT in May of 1990. Ahead is the climb up Mullan Pass.
BNSF 8411 hustles its westbound coal train along the Black Foot River and under the old Hwy. 12 overpass about four miles east of Garrison, MT on its way to Missoula from Helena.
BNSF 3981 leads a westbound grain train up the initial grade from Helena, MT to Austin on its climb up Mullan Pass. The train is nearing the east switch at Austin.
MRL 259 and 109 make a back up move toward empty hoppers they will take back from Montana City to Helena. MRL 259 will be the lead unit for the trip home.
MRL 109 and companion SD40 259 have completed switching at the Ash Grove cement plant in Montana City and are heading back to the main track. They will pick up empty hoppers seen to the left and h... (more)