After making a trip up the Harrison Branch, Montana Rail Link’s local out of Logan works light engine through Jefferson River Canyon to Whitehall, Montana, on September 10, 2011.
Westbound BNSF freight HKCKSPO is taking the siding to meet an eastbound at Thompson Falls, Montana, on October 1, 2014. Three leased Montana Rail Link SD45s (382, 319 and 328, now labeled SD45-2s... (more)
MRL 4308 and 4312 ease the Laurel-Missoula manifest around a tight curve along the Missouri River near Lombard, MT in the heart of Lombard Canyon. This is one of the few daily trains that actually... (more)
After switching Tricon Timber at St. Regis, Montana Rail Links’s Paradise local heads back to Paradise west of Donlan on September 15, 2011. Venerable EMD GP9s Nos. 120 and 113 power the local, ch... (more)
Montana Rail Link’s train No. 840, the Helena local, heads into Lombard, Montana, on the afternoon of June 19, 2014, powered by a matching set of EMD SD40-2XRs (rebuilt SD40s), Nos. 262 and 263.
MRL 4404 has the ML train in tow at Columbus, MT in early morning winter daylight. The Missoula-Laurel manifest will tuck into the siding here and wait its turn to enter Laurel Yard near Billings ... (more)
Adam Farence Photo.
MRL 112 and INPR 4506 working hard with empty wood chip cars en route to Cascade on the Idaho Northern and Pacific
Montana Rail Link 844 local drops downgrade on the Harrison Branch on June 27, 2016. The 9.5-mile branch out of Sappington, Montana, features a 2.2% mountain grade—and the six-car local is led by ... (more)
Montana Rail Link’s 844 local powered by EMD GP35s Nos. 403 and 402 arrive at Logan, Montana, with three cars from the Trident cement plant on June 26, 2017.
"Some Days Are Diamonds ~ Some Days Are Coal ~ Some Days Are Both" ~ aka "Big Sky ~ Big Train ~ Big Picture"
Hell y'all know this "spot." No splainin' needed. (27May17 ©)
A healthy Montana Rail Link Schilling local crosses Moccasin Lane heading back to Missoula after switching the huge Frenchtown pulp mill on September 22, 2008. Unfortunately, the local doesn’t run... (more)
MRL 4406 rolls an eastbound morning gas train along the Flathead River east of Paradise, MT on its return trip from Thompson Falls to Missoula.
Having finished their work in Bozeman, the Livingston Local is blasting off back to their namesake in a classic Montana snow squall.