Just moments before the sun slipped behind the mountains at 2107hrs, MRL's night gas local rolls along the Flathead River just went of Dixon, MT with a four pack of SD40-2s.
After chasing this train for two afternoons over the MRL, this was probably the last time ill get to see a trio of SD45s.
Westbound Kansas City - Spokane manifest with leased MRL SD45s crosses the Clark Fork River Bridge at Paradise.
Montana Rail Link SD45s 321, 315 and 323 reach the end of the line as they are scrapped at Livngston, MT in late May 2014.
A trio of leased MRL SD45s scream through St. Regis on their way to Spokane.
HKCKSPO blasts by the west siding switch at Superior.
After completing a power mod, which consisted of setting out two trailing SD45's in Livingston, the SPOLAU departs town under the definition of "Big Sky Country".
Claps of thunder are drowned out by ninety-six EMD cylinders, struggling up the West slope of Bozeman Pass with a heavy manifest destined for Laurel. Montana mountain railroading at its finest!
Westbound MRL SD45 trio crossing Fish Creek on a perfect summer afternoon.
A trio of BNSF-leased SD45's skirt the Clark Fork River near Eddy, Mont. with the Kansas City, KS to Spokane, WA high priority manifest in tow.
Meeting an eastbound BNSF freight, Montana Rail Link’s LM (MLAUMIS, Laurel to Missoula manifest freight) curves into Winston, Montana, on June 19, 2014.
After running Helena - Missoula under the cover of darkness and sitting at Missoula all morning, the SD45 trio finally gets under way on the Fourth Sub in the early afternoon.
A trio of leased MRL SD45s come off the siding at Muir and take HKCKSPO into the east portal of Bozeman Pass. The tunnel is 3015ft long at an elevation of 5592ft with I94 right on top of it.
Westbound manifest with leased MRL SD45s passes an eastbound oil train at Muir.