Montana Outdoors

December 23, 2009

I know, but I couldn’t resist this one!

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors — Tags: — montucky @ 9:08 pm

Burlington Northern Santa Fe



  1. Terry:

    Some times I wonder what it would be like driving a train across the USA.



    Comment by Chad — December 23, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

    • I’ve thought of that too, Chad. Probably some good, some bad. On a fire department training with Rail Link, I was able to go inside one of their locomotives and found it rather primitive in there, but I’d still like to go along with them for a trip, say, to Seattle and back.


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

  2. Great perspective!
    I rode a train once…when I was about 5. I remember the egg salad sandwiches – horrible. ;o) I’m wanting to take a train ride down the Pacific coast. I think it’d be beautiful. Merry Christmas!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — December 24, 2009 @ 1:44 am

    • Taking a train down the coast would be a very pretty ride! In about ’94 there was still passenger service between here and Missoula and we made sure our kids made the trip there (with my Mother) for a day of shopping, which they all really liked. It doesn’t happen any more.


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  3. I love this! I have such a fascination with trains. What an excellent perspective as the train moves toward you from beyond the beautiful mountains. Wow! I would love to ride the train through the rugged wilderness and across the high span bridges…. with a camera, of course! 🙂

    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and yours from Preston and I. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — December 24, 2009 @ 8:51 am

    • I also have a fascination with them and one of our old friends really loves them. I take lots of pictures of them for her. There used to be passenger service on the line that goes along the Clark Fork river here, but no more. There is still Amtrak service across the northern part of the state, but it loses so much money.

      Merry Christmas to you and Preston, too!


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2009 @ 9:47 am

  4. Always enjoy your pictures Terry,Happy Holidays to you and your wife.


    Comment by Rich — December 24, 2009 @ 11:45 am

    • Thanks Rich. Merry Christmas to you and your family too!


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2009 @ 11:55 am

  5. Yikes! It looks like it’s going to fall over the mountain! Great shot!!


    Comment by Barbara — December 24, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    • They appear rather imposing when viewed from below. It’s interesting how narrow their footprint is in some areas. (Sometimes they do go off the tracks, too!)


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

  6. That train was really posing for you. My dad loved trains, real trains, model trains. He was always looking for cool train rides to take. They did the Durango one which I guess is awesome. We did the Williams to Grand Canyon one which was just okay. There’s a nice Verde Canyon one that I did with my mom after my dad died. Trains are neat.


    Comment by Candace — December 24, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    • The trains in this area are doing very well, which is good because they are so much more fuel efficient than truck or air freight. They are not viable for passenger service here though and I miss that.


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

  7. Pictures like these are almost enough to get me back to the rail museum where I volunteered 10 years ago.


    Comment by knightofswords — December 24, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

    • There was a lot of romance in those old trains. Only a little still remains, but it’s still there.


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  8. Merry Christmas Terry. Gosh! Those were the days when you could hop a train to Missoula. A few years ago a friend and I took a Rail Link tour from Missoula to Sandpoint. I’ll never ever forget the look of delight on his face as we climbed Evaro Hill. There is something magical about train travel.


    Comment by Maureen — December 24, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

    • Missoula to Sandpoint would have been a good ride. I wish there were still a few more around, especially for the kids sake.

      Merry Christmas to you and Eric and your whole family!


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

  9. Love that shot! Listening to a train whistle waft through the air in the middle of the night is comforting to me,…


    Comment by Cedar — December 26, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    • I know what you mean about the whistle and feel the same way. I don’t know why that is though.


      Comment by montucky — December 26, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

  10. I really like the contrast between the train and the blue sky. It looks great!


    Comment by Camilla — December 26, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

    • They are interesting to photograph because one can get so many different angles to shoot from here.


      Comment by montucky — December 26, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

  11. When I see a beautiful picture of something like this I can’t help but think what it was like traveling there in a wagon.


    Comment by kcjewel — December 28, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

    • I’ve thought of that too because when my Dad first came to Montana in the early 1900’s he came by buckboard.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

  12. Great perspective, trains are one of those items that seem to transcend their age and the ages of all who view them. For me trains were never a logistical part of my life, but the Lionel sets are a memory that my cousins and I shared with my grandparents and parents and aunts and uncles. How fitting for the holiday season when so many boys and girls have a past train set as one of their most exciting gift memories.


    Comment by DaveABirding — December 30, 2009 @ 10:34 am

    • Those Lionel sets were part of my childhood too. I haven’t noticed them lately: wonder if they are still a part of the holidays now that technology has become so popular.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

  13. Yikes! I am amazed that you were able to stand where you must have to get this particular shot. It’s very effective.


    Comment by Gerry — December 30, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    • Right after I got the shot I waved to the engineer to see if he had noticed me. He returned my wave with a blast on his whistle. They are just folks like everyone else.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

  14. Looks sort of like the train is in the middle of nowhere, perched on top of a hill as an ornament.


    Comment by Preston Surface — December 30, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

    • LOL! It does look that way, Preston, but it’s headed east with a hundred cars in tow. Two engines up front and two in the rear.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

  15. I love this photo!!!


    Comment by Sandy — January 6, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

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