The MRL local turn from Helena, MT to Townsend arrives at Townsend where it will pick up a lumber load and run around its train before heading northwest back to Helena. This view could have been o... (more)
Montana is all about scale. Big Sky Country is all about the bigness of nature in the state. So too the forests and mountains. MRL's quartet of not-so-small SD70ACes appear to be N scale models in... (more)
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)
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)
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.
MRL 4304 brings up the rear of a quartet of helpers tucked into a loaded coal train heading through Birds Eye after leaving Helena, MT. The train will spend the next hour or so climbing Mullan Pas... (more)
MRL 4302 trails a four unit helper set of SD70ACes descending Mullan Pass into Helena, MT. The power has just passed through Austin and is headed to Birds Eye, then Helena where it will cut in to ... (more)
MRL 264 is on duty at Blossburg, MT on top of Mullan Pass with a Jimbo work train. Today it will back the train and ballast hoppers down to Elliston, then continue west toward Missoula. MRL mainte... (more)
MRL 4302 and three mates serve as manned helpers on a loaded coal train climbing Mullan Pass westbound at Green Horn Trestle. The bridge is at milepost 17, about five miles above Austin, MT.
Classic Montana scene. Day Gas rolls through a local farmers field as the sprinklers keep the crops refreshed and some cows look very uninterested.
Luckily these classic signal bridges still populate the west end of the railroad... for now. Night Gas heads into Plains to meet two.