Soaring above I-90, the 841 Local is heading to Manhattan to start the days chores.
With everything in the picture on the chopping block, all too soon this will be looked back on as "the good old days".
On a gorgeous winter day, a rare GP35-SD45 combo haul a decent sized local over Bozeman Pass towards Logan. Here they have crested the top and are now ambling down the west slope.
Who would have thought that in 2019 we'd still be able to see original GP35's and 20 cylinder SD45's working together? Livingston Local does some switching on a frigid but beautiful day.
MRL 404 and 405 work the four cars of their westbound local to Bozeman up the east slope of Boseman Pass. 1656hrs.
With the SD45's slowly fading from service, the Livingston Local is about as good as it gets on the MRL nowadays. Matched - classic power, mountain grades and industry switching; what could be be... (more)
With the wildfire smoke temporarily blown elsewhere, we are treated to a beautiful view of the hills of Bozeman Pass as well as Canyon Mountain rises in the background. I was lucky, the smoke woul... (more)
Building their train for the day, this pair of ex DRGW GP35's are wound up as they work in the yard.
With the wildfire smoke blown someplace else for a day, the only smoke on Bozeman Pass is the pair of ex DRGW GP35's that make up the Livingston Local. On their knees as they grind up the hill, se... (more)
MRL's 841 local drifts downgrade for Bozeman after waiting for MoW to clear up at the bottom of the hill.
MRL's 841 local for Bozeman/Logan from Livingston starts to ascend Bozeman Pass behind a trio of somewhat rare GP35s and a short train.
#841 is headed out past West Livingston in order to back down the main and access the R-Y Branch. These two empties will be swapped for two loads.
#841 working the R-Y Timber mill before calling it a day.
The highlight of local service on MRL can be found in Livingston when the 841 rolls down to R-Y Timber, the branch's sole customer.