In the American west, one place holds a special allure to those who have discovered its splendor…Montana. If you listen closely, you just might hear the pulse of a regional railroad that has been beating strongly for nearly a quarter of a century: The Montana Rail Link. Rolling on over 900 miles of former Northern Pacific track through Montana, Idaho and Washington State, the MRL passes through some of the most splendid scenery the NP had to offer.
MRL serves as a bridge line for BNSF Railway between Laurel, Montana and Spokane, Washington. BNSF trains make up the majority of traffic seen here, although they are operated by MRL crews. In Part 1 of our two-part video series, we cover the First and Second Subdivisions between Jones Junction and Helena, Montana. The railroad follows the Yellowstone River west to Livingston, then up over Bozeman Pass, through Lombard Canyon and over Winston Hill before arriving at Helena.
Thrill to the sight and sound of genuine 20 cylinder SD45’s shoving heavy unit trains over Bozeman Pass! Watch MRL and BNSF trains at several scenic locations in both summer and winter. Catch 125 car coal trains, grain trains, mixed manifests, locals and the special Boeing 737 train. The combination of great scenery and raw horsepower makes this an exciting video to see and hear!
This program was shot in January and July of 2011.
1 hour 56 minutes
WIDESCREEN DVD NTSC No Region Code
May be viewed with or without narration
A westbound Laurel to Missoula train crosses the Yellowstone River east of Big Timber.
A BNSF manifest rolls through Billings, Montana on its way to MRL's large classification yard at Laurel.
Five classic EMD's lend their combined 17,400 horsepower to the middle of a heavy grain train as it roars out of Livingston.
With summer thunderstorms in the evening sky, a manifest tackles Winston Hill before making a crew-change at Helena.
Manned MRL helpers and remote controlled BNSF 6299 assist a PGE coal train over Bozeman Pass.
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