For most of the previous day myself and three railfan buddies made the long journey from the upper Midwest to Laurel Montana. With information that the LM has departed Laurel with three venerable ... (more)
The BN EMPIRE BUILDERS pass in winter just east of Havre, Montana.
Montana “Belle”: It’s just before sunset at 6:43 p.m. on September 11, 2011, at Lombard, Montana, on Montana Rail Link’s Second Subdivision as eastbound empty military train (U-FTLFTH) curves thro... (more)
After helping westbound trains up Mullan Pass, two sets of Montana Rail Link EMD SD70ACes wait at Elliston, Montana, on September 26, 2007. Soon enough, the locomotives will head back east to Hele... (more)
Westbound loaded grain train works up the east side of Marias Pass.
A trio of SD70ACe's lead a Westbound coal load through Austin with the help of four more ACe's cut in mid train and a lone GEVO pushing on the rear. Gotta love Montana railroading!
A very interesting leader is on eastbound BN intermodal train 28 just west of Browning. It can be safe to say this F45 ran over these tracks many times under BN ownership.
Loaded coal train, bearing little sign of the "BNSF", charges west.
A westbound BNSF wind turbine train is curving through Lombard Canyon west of Lombard, Montana, on September 9, 2011. A pair of turbine generators is loaded on each high-capacity, 8-axle, 70-foot ... (more)
A beat up former Wisconsin Central GP40 3025 sits in a Montana Rail Link shop building in Livingston. Apparently, the GP40 (stenciled RIMX) was acquired by the MRL when CEECO (Coast Engine and Equ... (more)
Westbound BN freight exits the tunnel at the top of Bozeman Pass.
First run of 1010: The second section of Burlington Northern Santa Fe stack train No. 15 is pulled by C44-9Ws No. 1010 and 1009 east of Java, Montana, on Marias Pass on October 8, 1996. This is th... (more)
MRL 290, the lone SDP40 on the roster, sits by the roundhouse on a cool Winter evening. 290 would trail to Livingston on the "ML" where it'll receive traction motor work.
Trotting East along the Clark Fork River and the 4th Sub, MRL 4312 East has 21 gasoline empties and 9 diesel fuel empties at track speed on a cold Winter morning.
BNSF4717 makes good time with a hot intermodal detour up the 2.2% at Austin, MT...