This was another full day of railfanning,
starting with Mike & me going west to Belgrade by 9:00
AM. This was our first train of the day. It was taken just
across the highway from a bird preserve, where two artists
had set up their easels and were painting.
We chased this MRL local with engines 301 & 403 for
a couple of hours. Here it is going into Logan, MT from
the west end, eastbound. Doug, Mike, & Nancy perched
on the edge of the road at the top of a ridge to get this
It's finally made it into Logan, and began switching; luckily
it was near this photogenic water tower! We heard on the
scanner the crew joking about how nice it would feel if
they could cool off in the water dripping from the tower.
It was probably about 120 degrees out there in the yard
with all that metal equipment. Diane remembers getting off
the train here with Doug & Nancy in August, 1961 to
catch the bus to Helena.
After a brief stop in an antique store in Belgrade, Doug,
Diane, and Nancy went back to the hotel for naps. Mike shot
this about 4 PM at Muir, MT, just coming out of the Bozeman
tunnel, eastbound. It was shortly before the late afternoon
thunderstorm which cooled the air down from 102 to 80 degrees
in 20 minutes.
Here's the fun stuff! This was one of a couple of bison
at a ranch outside of Logan. They must have wondered why
we went by them several times today as we went back &
forth between Logan & Trident & Three Forks.
Since we are celebrating the Bicentennial of the Louisiana
Purchase this year, and the expedition of Lewis & Clark,
it was only appropriate that we visit the rivers they named
which flowed into the Missouri. Note the warning about rattlesnakes!
Luckily we didn't see any today.
Here's a more scenic shot of the Missouri headwaters. Just
after this we tried to photograph a white pelican (yes,
really!) which flew overhead, but the shot wasn't in focus
enough to post.
Today's funny image is a whale we spotted from the interstate
east of Bozeman. If this were Louisiana, we'd think it was
a Mardi Gras float animal. Here in Montana, it sure looks
Tomorrow, we drive back to Casper. Have a good day!