BNSF 6325 brings up the rear of a descending empty oil train at the east end of Austin siding. The train is rolling east off Mullan Pass and headed into Helena, MT for a crew change.
A railroad never sleeps At 9:28 p.m. on June 26, 2017, an eastbound BNSF coal train leaves Toston, Montana, as it follows a zig-zagging Missouri River into the darkening confines of Lom... (more)
A BNSF manifest rounds Iron Ridge with a cut of new airliner parts and 4 new Boeing 737s. Iron Ridge cut was recently made wider to accommodate a second track that lengthened Austin Siding westwa... (more)
On July 1, 2017, a westbound BNSF coal train follows the Missouri River past the ghost townsite of Lombard, Montana. The train is entering Lombard siding and passing Milwaukee Road’s Pacific Exten... (more)
A westbound BNSF grain train curves along the Yellowstone River approaching Elton, Montana, on June 25, 2017.
A westbound Milwaukee Road freight negotiates tight curves with a new SD40-2 in the lead. The square speakers atop the cab are an electronic bell.
Four Montana Rail Link EMD SD70ACes add some mountain-climbing muscle as a manned helper set cut in the middle of a westbound BNSF freight as they cross Skyline Trestle just west of Skyline, Monta... (more)
A westbound BNSF manifest freight curves over Skyline Trestle (also known as Austin Creek Trestle) on the climb up Mullan Pass at Skyline, Montana, on the afternoon of June 29, 2017.
Montana Rail Link’s Helena switch has two cars for the lime plant at Townsend, Montana, as it drops downgrade just west of town on June 30, 2017. Led by spiffy GP9 No. 109 and recently-repainted S... (more)
Montana Rail Link’s Helena switch has two cars for the lime plant at Townsend as it drops downgrade on Winston Hill passing milepost 209 west of Townsend, Montana, on June 30, 2017. The Helena swi... (more)
What a photo angle this would have been for shooting the Milwaukee Road! A train would emerge from Tunnel 9, slalom through the remainder of 16-Mile canyon, cross 16-Mile Creek twice, then make a ... (more)
On the morning of July 4th MRL and 2 Livingston helpers out running to move several westbound's over Bozeman Pass. Here helper #2 returns to town as it makes it's way down the pass.
At west Livingston MRL 4307 shoves hard on the rear of a westbound coal load along with MRL 259 and 4405.
A westbound BNSF coal load as just picked up a 3 unit MRL helper set for the climb up Bozeman Pass.
An old Northern Pacific trestle hides in the trees on Mullan Pass. This is some of NP's original crossing over the top of the pass prior to the opening of Mullan Tunnel.