montana by steam 4449 trip


Montana Rockies
Rail Tours

Montana by Steam
Featuring ex-SP Daylight Locomotive
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