Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014; Cutting Off On The Fly

Having just reached the summit of Mullan Pass, a rear pusher set uses the "Helper Link" to uncouple from the rear of its train while still in motion.

Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014; September Rain

A Montana Rail Link helper set shoves through a driving rain storm soaking the east flank of Bozeman Hill.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 28. 2014; Adding a Helper

Brand new and just released for service, an MRL SD70 ACe is added to the rear of a westbound freight for the climb over Bozeman Hill.  Livingston, Montana

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27, 2014; They Were One "H" of an Engine

Four SD 40-2's lug an eastbound stack train up Stevens Pass.

Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014; Doing What He Does Best

The Old Man shooting the shit at Lombard, Montana.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014; Downhill to Logan

Having pulled out of the siding at Manhattan, Montana, a westbound train begins the short downhill run to Logan.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014; The Backwards Glance

Anyone who has ever drove a tractor knows exactly what the Old Man is doing in this photo.

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014; The Barn

We didn't go to the gym.  We went to the barn.  Kjelstad Barn, Ohop Valley, Washington.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 21, 2014: Bus 36

Dad's carved his nick name on the door jam of the family barn in 1936.  Other members of the family carved their names and dates as well.  The board now hangs is the Old Man's apartment.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 20, 2014; Milking Time

After having his afternoon cup of coffee, the Old Man heads for the barn to start evening chores.

Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014; Lombard Canyon

With the rattlesnake infested rocks as a backdrop, an eastbound train threads its way through Montana's Lombard Canyon.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014; Can You Hear Me Now?

Even farmers are connected these days.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014; Get That Shot

Seth Burwash works the angle to capture a westbound coal heavy on Mullan Pass.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014: Street Running

The tracks and the locomotive are long gone, street running in Mt. Vernon, Washington.

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014; The Brass is Coming to Town

A less than glamorous version of an officer's special climbs the east slope of Stevens Pass.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 14, 2014; Dropping Down the Canyon

An eastbound train plays peek-a-boo with the rock cuts as it drifts down the east slope of Stevens Pass.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 13, 2014: Merritt Water Stop

For years there was a large water tower at Merritt, on Washington's Stevens Pass.  The old wood tower is long gone, but trains still occasionally have to stop to top off a leaky reservoir.

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 12, 2014: Sunrise at Skyline

The first rays of the morning sun reflect off a coal heavy climbing Montana's Mullan Pass.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014; Beams of Light

Night running through the September ground fog.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 10, 2011; In Honor of Mr. Steinheimer

Replicating a view made famous by in the 1960's by Richard Steinheimer and the Milwaukee Road, an MRL local shoves cars up a new spur built nearly on top of the old Milwaukee grade.  Logan, MT

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 9, 2014; It's Not All Guys

Farming is an equal opportunity misery.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014; Excitement in the Hood

When a train shows up on tracks that haven't been used in years, it causes a bit of a stir.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 7, 2014: The Owl and Uncle Bill

John "the Owl" Misich and "Uncle Bill" Craven....the stories we tell about these two.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 6. 2014; Field Day

Farmers of all ages listen to the pitch from a corn seed salesman.

Friday, September 5, 2014

September 5, 2014; Most Photographed RR Bridge in the West

That might be a bit of a stretch, but the Keddie "Y" in California's Feather River Canyon has had it's fair share of photos.  Note the BNSF train in the background waiting to come across.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September 4, 2014; Stepping Back in Time

Hard to believe this photo was taken post 2000.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September 3, 2014: Done for the Year

With recent late summer squalls, the chore of changing irrigation pipes is done for another year.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014; Martin, Washington, 1972

Early morning has a westbound passenger train about to enter the Stampede Tunnel.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014; Labor Day Week-End, 1972

Although technically Amtrak, passenger trains crossing Stampede Pass on Labor Week-end, 1972 still had a BN and even NP look to them.  Hard to believe that was 42 years ago.