Montana Rail Link’s Helena local descends Winston Hill approaching milepost 215 east of Winston, Montana, on June 30, 2020. Powering the train is EMD SD40-2XR No. 263 and GP9 No. 109.
A stormy afternoon greets an eastbound BNSF freight descending Winston Hill past milepost 216 leaving Winston, Montana, on July 7, 2021.
Winston Hill is a great spot to watch storms form over the mountains and move about. A perfectly sunny day gave way to thick clouds later in the afternoon. As much as I wanted sun, I think this tu... (more)
Into the storm With four cars for Helena Yard, Montana Rail Link’s Helena local climbs Winston Hill past milepost 215 and toward some stormy weather east of Winston Montana, on the af... (more)
On a pretty July 5, 2018, morning, Montana Rail Link’s MLAUMIS manifest freight climbs the last bit of grade on Winston Hill approaching Winston, Montana.
The Laurel to Missoula freight has 117 cars in tow as they crawl their way west on the 2nd Sub. The train fights gravity as they approach Winston on this 1% grade. The train is short on time and w... (more)
Westbounds on the MRL must climb 2 well known mountain passes on the way west from Laurel to Missoula. Also they must climb heavy 9 miles 1% grade between Townsend and Winston out of the Missouri ... (more)
On the evening of June 29, 2022 CSXMRBG239F pulled up to the CSXMRBG224F after it had stalled out on Winston Hill outside of Townsend, Montana. The 7283 is the lead engine of the train on the left... (more)
With the blue hour descending upon the valley and lightly falling snow filling the air, Montana Rail Link's Helena Local cruises up the hill as it splits the searchlights signals outside Winston, ... (more)
MRL's Helena-Townsend turn races back to Helena with 3 cars and arguably the best looking engine on MRLs active roster leading.
Wildflowers mingle with the grasses of Winston Hill while a BNSF grain train struggles upgrade east of Winston, Montana, on the afternoon of July 4, 2018.
MRL's 844 local speeds east towards Townsend with a short train.
BNSF grain empties glide along the 2nd Sub approaching Winston, MT.
MRL's Missoula-Laurel manifest train heads east on the 2nd Sub.
MRL's Helena-Townsend turn speeds east on the 2nd Sub between Louisville and Winston.