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 Posted: Mon Sep 7th, 2015 09:03 am
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James,
Congratulations on moving to Bozeman! I lived there from 1995-2005 and it still holds a special place in my heart. If you weren't aware and IIRC, MRL doesn't own the RR but has a long term lease with the BNSF with an agreement to route a certain amount of traffic over MRL. I got to work a couple of weekends on the Montana Daylight when it was still operating and did some employee appreciation trips for MRL. I saw parts of Montana that I never would of seen otherwise. I particularly remember Mullen pass and the Misouri river between Three Forks and Helena. This was right after the SP&S 700's Montana Steam Trip which was exciting to chase. There is a good MRL yahoo group if you haven't been there yet.

Make sure you check out the Alder Gulch RR in Virginia City. I volunteered on the #12 one summer but unfortunately it out of service because it's due for flues. It is the cleanest, shiniest steam locomotive I've ever seen. It was so much fun that I went and got a job and worked on the D&SNG for 6 summers.
Good luck and say hi to everyone.
Patrick



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