It is already a week into spring, but you sure couldn't tell by the look of things on Marias Pass! On the last day of March, a westbound unit grain led by a pair of warbonnets drops down the west ... (more)
A westbound manifest led by BNSF 4396 winds its way down from Marias Pass, assuredly in dynamic. The need for slide protection fences is evident here, where Empire Builder James J. Hill carved the... (more)
The 5476 East in the lap of the mountains.
After chasing the 4302 East all morning there was a dearth of westbound traffic as now preferred with the inexorable movement of the sun. I called the Snow Slip Inn and asked them to keep the baco... (more)
Shoving hard against the 1046 East, a pair of Essex helpers are about to dive into Shed No. 8.
Laboring up the long grade from the Flathead River valley to Marias Pass, BNSF 1046 roars out of Shed No. 7 and into the tight curve at Windy Point.
Deep in the Flathead River valley, BNSF 5173 with oil cans rolls across the impressive trestle at Java East as the rising sun pokes above the treetops.
Leaving the mountains behind, BNSF 4302 East has one more hill to crest before heading out onto the high plains. The late summer cold front and snowfall of a couple days before really lent a drama... (more)
BNSF 4302 East crossing the Two Medicine Creek trestle.
No time for breakfast as I played hopscotch with the 4302 East along the Hi Line on a delightful Saturday morning.
The long ascent of Marias Pass is almost completed as BNSF 4302 East labors the final mile to the summit amidst lingering patches of snow from a late summer cold front.
BNSF 6080 and CSXT 5361 work grain loads toward the summit at Marias Pass. The train is running around the westbound intermodal seen in the background - apparently tied up.
With Montana wildflowers in full bloom, a pair of Dash 9s shove a stack train towards Marias Pass. The Izzak Walton Inn's caboose cabins can be seen seen above the train in the background.
After spending most of the afternoon idling in the small yard at Essex, a pair of Dash 9 helpers finally have an assignment as they head for the mainline to shove an eastbound freight over Marias ... (more)
A westbound intermodal outfit squeals through the tight curve at Windy Point as it descends the grade from Marias Pass.