Montana Rail Link SD70ACes

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Montana Rail Link SD70ACes

Postby USRailFan » Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:40 am

Not sure this is the correct place to post, but I didn't find a specific MRL forum..
Does anyone know what numbers the MRL SD70ACes will have, and which locomotives (if any) they'll replace?
Also, do someone know of an up-to-date roster for MRL?
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Postby Aa3rt » Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:54 pm

While I'm afraid I can't answer your first two questions, here's a link to the Montana Rail Link Unofficial Guide page. Scroll down and you'll find a link for the roster, dated Jan. 16th, 2001. If someone out there has a more current roster, please help this gentleman out.

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~timharri/mrl.html
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Postby USRailFan » Thu Feb 24, 2005 4:58 pm

Aa3rt wrote:While I'm afraid I can't answer your first two questions, here's a link to the Montana Rail Link Unofficial Guide page. Scroll down and you'll find a link for the roster, dated Jan. 16th, 2001. If someone out there has a more current roster, please help this gentleman out.

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~timharri/mrl.html


Yes I know of that roster, and as you say it is from 2001, that was why I wondered if somebody knows of a newer roster. Then again, there is of course the possibility that there haven't really been any major change in MRL's roster until the SD70ACe order
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SD70ACe

Postby SD Shortline » Thu Feb 24, 2005 7:03 pm

In either or both "Trains" and "Railfan and Railroad" has the ACe's knocking down the SD45 ranks.
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Re: SD70ACe

Postby USRailFan » Tue Mar 01, 2005 11:22 am

SD Shortline wrote:In either or both "Trains" and "Railfan and Railroad" has the ACe's knocking down the SD45 ranks.


Thanks for the info.
So I guess the MRL will go for the SD70ACes as mainline power and SD40-2s/SD45-2s as helpers then?
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Postby The S.P. Caboose » Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:36 am

Could there be any info on Montana Rail Link's web site?

Just a thought.
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Postby AmtrakFan » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:34 pm

Well I know the SD40-2/SD45's will be kept for leasing services. Some are still on BNSF
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When???

Postby gravelyfan » Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:54 pm

When are the new units slated to be delivered?
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Re: When???

Postby AmtrakFan » Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:25 pm

gravelyfan wrote:When are the new units slated to be delivered?

Later this summer.
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Re: Montana Rail Link SD70ACes

Postby backroadrails » Mon May 21, 2018 9:25 am

I heard a while back that the BHP SD70ACe’s that were resturned to EMD are headed to the MRL. I haven’t heard anything since, so can anyone confirm this?
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Re: Montana Rail Link SD70ACes

Postby NorthWest » Mon May 21, 2018 8:28 pm

MRL is getting four ex-BHP ACes, all of which were at Progress Rail Tacoma, WA last I heard for modifying to American standards.
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Re: Montana Rail Link SD70ACes

Postby Leo_Ames » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:15 pm

Is traffic climbing back upwards, or will these be used to retire more of what little is left of their one time fleet of SD40/SD45's and derivatives?

Not too long ago, it sounded like traffic levels didn't warrant buying additional new SD70ACe's.
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Re: Montana Rail Link SD70ACes

Postby NorthWest » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:40 pm

I'm guessing traffic increases. The SD45 fleet didn't seem to get much use after 2015 or so, and generally as a surge fleet, with SD70ACes taking most road jobs and 4-axle power on locals.
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