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  • Blog Post: A couple of good reasons to visit Montana in winter

    For the past three years, my wife Marcia and I have spent a month each winter volunteering at Yellowstone National Park's Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner, Montana. Why do this in the winter, you ask? The short answer is: because that's when we can get housing there. The HRC is the repository...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 12: The first shot of the Harrison Branch

    Montana Rail Link's Harrison Local rolls across a trestle between Sappington and Harrison, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 11: Let the chase begin

    Montana Rail Link's local to Harrison departs Logan, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 10: The wait is on

    A BNSF eastbound manifest rolls into Logan, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 9: Lombard at night, train 3

    An eastbound BNSF train on the Montana Rail Link rolls through a moonlit Lombard, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 8: Lombard at night, train 2

    The DPU of a westbound BNSF coal train streaks through the Montana night at Lombard, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest or going on strike until I get my way and I depart...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 7: Camping near Lombard

    This is a sequence of a coal train heading east through Lombard, Montana in the late evening. (click to view larger) I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 6: This train blew us away

    A BNSF westbound windmill extra rolls west along the Missouri River near Lombard, Montana. (click to view larger) I'll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 5: Another one at Milepost 189

    A BNSF eastbound manifest rolls east along the Missouri River near Lombard, Montana. (click to view larger) I'll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, week 4: Lombard and the Helena Local

    Montana Rail Link's Helena Local heads back to its namesake city. (click to view larger) I'll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, week 3: Pipestone Ballast

    A BNSF ballast train loads at Pipestone Ballast. (click to view larger) I’ll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest, week 2: The Paradise Local heads to St. Regis

    A three-car Paradise local rolls through Quinns, Mont. I'll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try...
  • Blog Post: Tom’s Montana Protest: Montana Rail Link’s Paradise Local

    A Montana Rail Link GP9 awaits the call to duty in Paradise, Montana. Well, I’m back from Montana. What a wonderful trip it was! Of course, we saw trains, but we also caught plenty of fish, and we even camped a couple of nights. It simply was one of the best all-around trips I’ve had...
  • Blog Post: Trains magazine art director railfans the Montana Rail Link, part deux

    A short Montana Rail Link ML (Missoula-Laurel) freight negotiates the curves through Lombard Canyon. Leading the MRL are two SD70ACe’s and an SD40-2XR. Photo by Tom Danneman You may remember that I took a short trip out to see the Montana Rail Link back in May. It's time for me to head to...
  • Blog Post: Of fishing and photographing the Montana Rail Link

    Special post from Tom Danneman, Trains magazine art director Last week, I returned from vacation in Montana where I was able to partake in two of my favorite pastimes: fishing and railfanning. I flew out to Spokane, Wash., where I met my brother and some friends. We didn't have...