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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2015 02:35 am
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Joined: Sun May 27th, 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana USA
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If I haven't mentioned it yet, might as well say it now; I've moved to Montana.

In June, this seemed like a very daunting and exciting opportunity, so I went for it.  While I wasn't sure at first, let me just say that climbing Mt. Sacajawea and seeing Bozeman below me, surrounded by Mountains only matched in beauty by those of Colorado and second to none in grace and magesty, has put any doubts to rest.  Indeed, I'm here in Bozeman for the forseeable future, and that's all right with me.

Of course, natural beauty is a great draw for people coming to Bozeman, but what I'm finding out is that Montana has a very deep and rich railroad history, not unlike Colorado's.  The only difference, near as I can tell, is that there is no tourist railroads and most modelers don't pay any mind to the railroad heritage of Montana.  That said, the evidence is all over the place from the old Milwaukee Road ROW stretching from Harlowton clear across the state to St. Regis and beyond to the mines of Butte to the Montana Rail Link.  there's also Virginia City, The Pioneer Mountains (Montana Southern Railroad), Gardiner/ North Yellowstone entrance, Livingston, the list goes on!

Since June, I've been accumulating a collection of photos of Montana, which I will add to in the coming years.  It seems a shame that these images sit idle in my Computer, gathering pixelated dust, so I thought I'd share some of these images with everyone on Freerails as my collection of photos grows.  This is an ambitious project, but hopefully this thread will turn into a good resource for people looking to find inspiration from the Spine of the Continent.  I'll start uploading pictures and some short commentary immediately.

By loading onto freerails, I'm designating these photos for public use by anyone who views them for educational, personal and non-profit use.  (Just thought I'd add that to clear any copyright questions).

Thanks and I hope everyone enjoys the photos!


James W.

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