After more than 30 years of operating BNSF-owned main line between Huntley, Mont., and Sandpoint, Idaho, Montana Rail Link (MRL) reported on Jan. 10 that it is ceasing its long-term lease with the Class I.
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Montana Rail Link (MRL) has unveiled the first of two special locomotives to thank veterans for their service and essential workers for their contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Montana Rail Link (MRL) has promoted Joe Racicot, Jim Lewis and Ross Lane to Vice President positions. Racicot previously served as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, and has been promoted to Vice President Administration and General Counsel. Lewis previously served as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and has been promoted to Vice President Sales and Marketing. Lane previously served as Chief Communications Officer and has been promoted to Vice President Corporate Relations.
Derek Ollmann was named President of Montana Rail Link (MRL), effective immediately. Ollmann succeeds Stacy Posey, who stepped down from the company for personal reasons.
After 31 years of service, Montana Rail Link President Tom Walsh is retiring, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Vice President Operations Stacy Posey will succeed Walsh.
BNSF Railway could begin a project to build a second bridge across Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, this fall. The railroad has applied for permits that would see the new bridge constructed adjacent to the existing bridge.
An aviation milestone has been achieved thanks to a half-century of railroad transport. Spirit AeroSystems announced on Feb. 14 that the 10,000th 737 fuselage had left its factory in Wichita, Kans., and was en route by rail to Boeing’s massive assembly plant in Renton, Wash.
Oct. 31, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary for Montana Rail Link, a Class II regional operating more than 900 miles of main line and branch trackage from Jones Junction (Huntley), Mont., west to Sandpoint, Idaho, with trackage rights beyond Sandpoint to Spokane, Wash., over BNSF.
Deep snowpack at higher elevations, an early spring thaw, and heavy rainfall are severely affecting rail lines in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the panhandle of northern Idaho.
Montana Rail Link (MRL), a Class II regional railroad that operates over 900 route miles of track in Montana and Idaho, is currently constructing four tracks west of Laurel, Mont. at Spurling to be used as a staging area for westbound trains. The 12-month project is in the construction phase and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.