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Date: 08/28/11 20:42
MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: DocJones

I'm just visiting here in Florence MT (outside Missoula) but I've heard there is no traffic on the Montana Rail Link line through Missoula to Darby. I'm not familiar with the subdivision name/number so I hope this is enough info for me to get some help.
Thanks in advance,
Have fun, be safe,
Doc Jones



Date: 08/28/11 21:05
Re: MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: fbe

Both the Darby branch and the Dixon to Polson branch are closed to traffic.

The Day Gas departs Missoula daily at 0500, the night gas departure is 1700.

Have fun.

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Date: 08/28/11 21:44
Re: MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: BrianA

What's the Gas Local power been lately Alan? Thought I heard the 382/4308 were on the ML/LM now.

With a 5 AM departure westbound from Missoula I'd guess it leaves Pipeline for Missoula eastbound earlier than in years past (think it was around 11:00) which would make for better sun angles. I'm hoping to be in Plains Saturday night to see the Sunday morning run of the Gas Local.

Brian Ambrose
Renton, WA



Date: 08/28/11 23:42
Re: MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: fbe

The 4308 and 382 were doing fuel testing on the ML/LM but that is over so they may be back. I have not been down in the heat to check things out. For a while the MRL 403 and MRL 261 were on the gas but I was out of town for those. It will be the 348 and 4312 when the SD45 gets back from Tacoma.



Date: 08/29/11 09:14
Re: MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: fbe

The Gas power this week is MRL 256 and MRL 251.

EDIT: Add MRL 328 to those two and make it a three unit consist.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/29/11 21:40 by fbe.



Date: 08/29/11 10:05
Re: MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: BrianA

fbe Wrote:
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> The Gas power this week is MRL 256 and MRL 251.

Nice, hope they stay on thru the holiday weekend!

Thanks for the info Alan.

Brian



Date: 08/29/11 10:56
Re: MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: DocJones

fbe Wrote:
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> Both the Darby branch and the Dixon to Polson
> branch are closed to traffic.

Any reason why those branches are closed? Is abandonment being considered?

Thanks for the info -

Have fun, be safe,
Doc Jones



Date: 08/29/11 12:52
Re: MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: fbe

Traffic has been declining especially on the Polson. High water in the spring caused row damage to both lines which may not be economic to repair.

There are no plans to abandon the lines. MRL still owns the branches to Phillipsburg and Twin Bridges with rails intact. Darby and Polson will probably achieve this status.

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Date: 08/29/11 19:30
Re: MRL Line to to Darby MT - any traffic on this line?
Author: DocJones

Thanks to all for the info.
Have fun, be safe,

Doc Jones



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