Oct 18, 2020
Chased this one, (the "ML"), from just east of Missoula to this scene at Garrison, Montana:
Great reference photo illustrating how the prototype railroads apply ballast.
And a great way to showcase MRL power--even several years old, she's still clean. Why can't Class 1s do this?!? (yes, I know, it's always about the Benjamin$)
Very interresting era on this railroad, when it was usual to see solid sets of old and new, SD45s and SD70ACes...
More pics of this chase please, Ken??
She was hustling along! I only caught up a couple of times before Garrison. Beyond there, I was heading to Deer Lodge and Butte, so the chase ended. First caught her nearing Clinton:
Then just after she popped out of the Tunnel at Bonita. I just barely made it, and the gates were down so I had to settle for being on the wrong side of the tracks. (Note: This is Beavertail Hill. Behind the engines you can see a couple of old MILW power transmission poles. Their Tunnel #16 is behind the trailing engine.) Paused for a few to admire the old MILW substation at Ravenna, so missed it at Drummond. From there, the next places I could catch up to it were at Bearmouth and Phosphate, but both sidings were filled with stored coal hoppers, views blocked. Thus Garrison was my last stop:
All the shots here are great but this one is a beautiful shot Box!
Ken, you have great eye for format and history. Thanks.