Battling Bozeman Pass: Under threatening storm skies, the Spokane to Laurel manifest with four SD45's and a SD45-2XR battle their way up Bozeman Pass.
Three of MRL's SD45-2XRs roar west along the Montana countryside with 8025 tons of mixed freight in tow. The leader would later throw a ground relay and be replaced at Livingston with a SD40-2XR.
Fall colors are peaking in spots as this Spokane-Laurel manifest train heads east out of Bozeman.
The engineer on this Spokane-Laurel manifest opens up the throttle on this set of SD45-2XRs after meeting two westbounds in the siding at Townsend.
With Lombard Canyon behind them, this Spokane-Laurel manifest eases into Logan and a meet with a westbound coal load.
Three MRL SD45-2XRs lead a handful of BNSF locomotives and another MRL SD45-2XR eastbound out of Helena right after sunrise on a beautiful early fall day in Montana.
After completing a power mod, which consisted of setting out two trailing SD45's in Livingston, the SPOLAU departs town under the definition of "Big Sky Country".
Claps of thunder are drowned out by ninety-six EMD cylinders, struggling up the West slope of Bozeman Pass with a heavy manifest destined for Laurel. Montana mountain railroading at its finest!
Trotting East along the banks of the Yellowstone River, three EMD vets cruise along with a heavy SPOLAU on the drawbars.
Five veteran EMD's with a heavy Spokane to Laurel manifest is easing down the Emerald Hills with its 1.80% grade of Bozeman Pass.
Manned helpers on the rear of a heavy soybean load push West after meeting the Spokane - Laurel, being led by five veteran EMD's. You honestly can't beat the way the MRL railroads, old school EMD'... (more)
The Crazy Mountains stand high above three veteran EMD's hustling an Eastbound manifest past t-bones, ribeyes and even some veal grazing on one of the many Montana ranches.
100 cylinders in the eighth notch rumble across the rapid waters of the Fish Creek, in first light of the day on a crisp May morning.
Hustling East over the 4th Subdivision, five SD45's have a 7700 foot Spokane, WA to Laurel, MT manifest on the drawbars catching early first morning light.
Dynamic brakes howl out of five veteran EMD's which have a heavy Spokane to Laurel manifest on the drawbars, easing down the emerald hills and 1.80% grade of Bozeman Pass.