Montana Rockies Rail Tours

Montana by Steam II
Featuring ex-SP Daylight Locomotive 4449
October 10-17, 2004
Updated 11/10/04

October 10-12 and 15-17 Private Party Car Pony Express was part of the consist for the Montana Rockies Railtours - Montana by Steam II excursion featuring ex-Southern Pacific Daylight Locomotive #4449.

This special excursion departed Sandpoint, Idaho on Sunday, October 10 and ran 219 miles over Montana Rail Link's 4th Subdivision, former Northern Pacific Mainline, to Missoula, Montana.


4449 arrives in Sandpoint, Idaho - October 9, 2004


Runby near Idaho - Montana State Line


View from the Pony along the Clark Fork River


Arrival in Missoula at the end of the first day.

Monday, October 11 the train ran 193 miles to Bozeman, Montana.


Runby at the Missouri River crossing of the old Milwaukee Road


Engine and train with Pony Express


2nd Chance

Tuesday, October 12 saw the train run 140 miles to Billings, Montana where the train stayed on public display for two days.


Runby at Livingston, Montana Depot.

October 15 - 17 the train returned to Sandpoint, Idaho. This time the train took MRL's 10th Subdivision between DeSmet and Paradise on the Missoula - Sandpoint leg.


Runby in fresh snow at Columbus, Montana - October 15


Trout Creek Crossing - October 17