Thursday, September 22, 2016

Late Planes

It still amazes me how much live JA is on YouTube. You used to have been a tape trader to listen to this stuff. If you only listen to one song on video go to 1:48 for The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil.

Elephants - Three Species

WB coal train today at Helena. Rare for there not to be trailing unit on BNSF consists, especially with a coal train.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

New BNSF Fort Worth - PNW Intermodal Train Hits the MRL

Note that in the carefully worded press release, there is no mention whatsoever of the MRL.

New BNSF intermodal service train at Austin, Montana on Friday, September 16.
As the service started on Sept. 12 (see link above,) this may be the first WB train.

Meeting an EB coal empty at East Austin. The coal train sat for an hour, and could have easily made the double track at Tobin in that time, so obviously MRL dispatch wasn't taking any chances.

All J.B. Hunt, it will be interesting to see what other traffic develops on this train.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Musta Taken a Left Turn at Winnipeg - To Paraphrase a Certain Wabbit

Today, WB at Tobin

Haven't seen CN power in probably a year, and then you skip a line and BANGO! *

* Oops, mondegreen alert. It's skip a life, then bango.

Friday, September 9, 2016

MRL 109 - Helena Switch - To Montana City

Helena Switch arrives at Montana City with empties for the Ashgrove Cement plant.

Built in 1955 for the NP, and still doing the kind of work the GP-9 was intended.

A good view south down the Prickly Pear Creek valley. End of track is visible about 200 yards past the loco.

Backing into the plant which is served by a Trackmobile.

Plant spot done, it's time to pick up the loads, but that will have to wait for another post.

Google Maps view of the area: