Aptly named... Railfans of the MRL have been known to call the MRL 290 by its nickname, of "Flat-Back". The 290 began its life in May of 1966 as the GN 321, and eventually made it... (more)
A short ballast train eases to a stop while a crew member walks up to the MOW crew to prepare the train to dump on Skyline Trestle.
MRL's lone SDP40-2XR easily handles this short ballast train eastward out of Garrison on the way to their work site on Mullan Pass.
MRL 290, the lone SDP40 on the roster, sits by the roundhouse on a cool Winter evening. 290 would trail to Livingston on the "ML" where it'll receive traction motor work.
The only SDP40-2XR on MRL's roster dumps ballast at the sight of a recent derailment at Jens, MT. After it is finished here, the train will continue towards Garrison to pick up old ties from recen... (more)
45. The only train I will see on the Montana Rail Link on my 138 mile drive along MRL tracks on day 3 until I get to the Missoula yard. I did see a bunch of signs warning of mountain sheep and lon... (more)
Another rare bird: MRL's SDP40-2XR was built as Great Northern 321 (SDP40) in 5/66.