Montana Rail Link EMDs in the Rockies Volume 1


Producer: C. Vision

Timeframe: 2013-14

Locations: Billings, Laurel, Bozeman Pass, Winston Hill..

Length: 2 hours

Source: Mike Savona

Volume 1 covers the East End. The mainline and three additional subs, are featured. Action begins in the East. Jones Jct. to Helena, is the mainline.  The second volume, covers the West End

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-07h40m08s630A single DVD-R. Detailed Chapter Menu. On-screen graphics. Switch for on/off narration. Don Grant has a sparse script to narrate. Custom maps.


A clean and simple design. These, along with constant on-screen graphics, provide locations. This review only has space for some highlights. All video and natural audio are high quality. Professional level.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-06h32m33s072Billings local behind a GP9, passes the station. Many local freights are seen throughout the show.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-12h52m11s763Rare, SD35 pair head to Laurel yard. The 702, is a former Norfolk and Western unit.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-06h42m30s626Mike Savona’s skills are great! Manifest to Laurel yard.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-08h18m42s816This O-LIVBLO. Livingston to Blossburg, MT. A passenger special. Narrative would have been helpful.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-06h52m47s104SD70ACE locomotives do appear. These do replace the SD45 fleet. GP35 and earlier GP9 types are found on many locals. SD45 and SD40 power, is still in service.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-07h24m35s887West of Elton, the scenery becomes more interesting. GP40 #500 leads a local.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-06h48m59s330The Crazy Mountains provide some beautiful backdrops. BNSF unit coal moves are often viewed. They are identified in detail. 

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-13h31m44s852At Big Timber, a Manifest train with on-screen graphics.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-06h45m02s495BNSF in assorted, pre-merger paint, still roam. Santa Fe Warbonnets are in deplorable, cosmetic condition.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-07h35m05s309Bozeman Pass is included.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-07h47m36s337A BNSF move with helpers, struggling uphill. MRL SD45 #351, is on the point.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-08h13m52s665Jefferson Canyon is rarely seen. Remote and light traffic. Once shared, with the Milwaukee Road’s Pacific extension line.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-07h36m20s016The Videographer works in all weather. He has; early morning, dusk and night shots.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-07h43m24s380Let’s see a side view of a BNSF train.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-08h12m51s166Another local. This is one shot that shows the scale of the scene. Note the train symbol and assignment.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-07h32m45s904A colorful, fall scene. The MRL helper set is detached here. SD40 # 259, is up front.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-13h53m25s309Livingston local, with a GP35 and a GP9.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-08h37m17s728This show is overflowing with trains. MRL #260 is a former Burlington Northern SD40.

vlcsnap-2019-12-26-08h14m30s327 A caboose on a Jimbo work train. Could have used a little more narration. What is a Jimbo, for another example.

Professional program in all aspects. Excellent videography. Nice variety that captures the scope of the scenery, and keeps the focus on the trains. Checkout the Volume 2, to gain a complete overview, of Montana Rail Link.

Rating: 5 Stars


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