MRL to host special 30th anniversary train

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MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana Rail Link is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of employee appreciation specials this weekend.

MRL was created in 1987 and operates on 900 miles of former Northern Pacific track through southern Montana from Billings to Sandpoint, Idaho. Nearly 2,800 current and former employees are expected to ride the excursions, the Missoulian reports.

“It promises to be a wonderful time to reflect with friends, co-workers and retired co-workers on MRL’s achievements and operations over the past 30 years,” MRL President Tom Walsh tells the newspaper.

The employee appreciation specials kick off on Friday, Sept. 8, with two round trips from Missoula to Cyr. On Sept. 9, the train will make another round trip to Cyr before heading east to Helena and Livingston. On Sept. 10, the train will run from Livingston to Laurel before making two round trips from Laurel to Reed Point. MRL is using BNSF passenger equipment for the train.

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