Went down and had a look at the Billings yard, and in the process spied my first Montana Rail Link (MRL) locos. Yay! They have a very striking blue/black/white paint scheme that is simple, but distinctive and bold. And also very hard to photograph I'm discovering!
Seems to be grain train season at the moment, as every day I'm seeing the BNSF earthworms. They're not quite as impressive here as in Arizona, where they run them as 3x2x1 consists, that is 3 locos on front, 2 in the middle, and one on the rear… and they run at 60mph. But that said, the sight of a near uniform train of easily 100+ wagons is quite a sight!
All the yards over here have lots of aerials sticking up. I'm not quite sure the reason for this; presumably each point is monitored and signalled, but why not run underground cables instead?
While waiting for something to happen I went to Walmart and spied an amazing factory. No idea wh...