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» Montana Rail Link (more..)
» EMD SD40-2 (more..)
» Unknown
» St Regis, Montana, USA (more..)
» July 03, 2022
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
» MRL 253 (more..)
» Gas Local (more..)
» John Fry (more..)
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For a few days the usual SD70 pair for the gas local was broken up as #4408 was taken offline and replaced with #253, an SD40. This was a rare opportunity to see a conventional cab leader back on this turn. A side effect was a few less horsepower, causing the turn to regularly take the MRL 4th sub when going west due to the lesser grade. With microbursts popping up I thought I was going to miss out on a shot of the gas local with this unusual leader. To add to that, the train sat at a red signal at Superior, 14 miles to the east for an unknown reason. As I waited at St Regis, MT on the remains of the Milwaukee Road trestle over the Clark Fork River in pouring rain I heard the dispatcher start moving traffic again. The rain tapered off, and magically a hole in the clouds opened up. Within minutes the gas local came around the curve as a double rainbow filled the big Montana sky.
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