I left Colorado for Alaska on 4.18.11 and spent my first night in Laurel, MT. I was fortunate to see the LM departing Laurel so I had a travel companion across western Montana, well at least as fa... (more)
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)
Three out of four Montana Rail Link F45s lead the westbound LM (Laurel-Missoula) freight past Toston Dam a few miles from Lombard, Montana.
MRL's Laurel to Missoula manifest train, led by MRL 390,392 and a SD45, enter the curve after crossing the Yellowstone River at a location known as Twin Bridges 6/30/05.
MRL's Laurel-Missoula manifest eases down the west side of Boseman Pass with a fairly clean SD45-2 leading.
MRL SD70ACe 4302 leads three SD45-2s on the Laurel to Missoula manifest, seen just about to cross Birdseye Rd. at Tobin, MT in the late evening. The first forty cars are loaded ballast hoppers whi... (more)
Montana Rail Link's Laurel-Missoula manifest rolls along the Clark Fork River approximately 25 miles east of Missoula. The train was recrewed at Bearmouth and will have clear sailing into MRL's Mi... (more)
Showing dirt from their trek west from Missoula, SD70ACe’s 4311 and 4301 on the Laurel to Missoula train pull up alongside the H-LAUSPO1-17, the Laurel to Spokane priority manifest train. While t... (more)
A beautiful fall morning on the MRL
The Laurel-Missoula manifest winds its way across Skyline trestle with the city of Helena off in the distance. Big Sky Country!
MRL 4310-4304 stepped along briskly with the Laurel to Missoula, MT, train. Fires and dry conditions prompted MRL to blade fire break along their right of way.
The two helpers for the LM are in run-8 as they assist the heavy train up Mullan.
The Laurel-Missoula leans into the heavy grade up Mullan Pass with an ACe/SD45/SD45-2 consist.
The LM struggles up Mullan Pass with Helena and the domed Capital building in the background.