Big Mountains, Little Train

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Montana April 2012

Central Montana has no end to scenery.  Despite visiting the area for 6 straight years now I’ve never stopped west of the Hay Creek trestle near Geyser.  Why?  Who knows.  It seems like a prefect location with the tracks nicely in the foreground and the Highwood mountiains and their foothills in the background.  It could be I’ve not stopped here because there is no nice place to park.  In this part of Montana that’s not an excuse though as there is plenty of room off the highway shoulders.

This time I did stop and I captured the Lost Local on its return to Great Falls passing below the Highwoods.  In the morning when the local went south there was a couple of inches of snow on the ground.  As the day moved along the clouds cleared and the sun came out.  Away went the snow. In fact by 1:30PM when I photographed this location the heat waves coming off the grass were quite strong.  It is interesting how things can change so quickly during a Montana spring.

One last thing about the Lost Local.  It has always fascinated met that more often than not it will have exclusively BN green locomotives.  How do they do that?  Someone in Great Falls must have some skill at getting just the right power.