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EMD NW-12 1200 HP PROTOTYPE
This NW-12 was purchased by Great Northern and upgraded from an NW-2 by the Burlington Northern. #11 was one of the first units painted into MRL blue on startup in Oct. 87.
MRL 11 Livingston, MT 6/96
KATO NW-2 MODEL
Kato makes an NW-2 which with some light modification could be used for this prototype.
EMD SW-12 1200 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL Purchsed these switchers from Burlington Northern as SW-9's and converted them to SW-12's.
MRL 17 Livingston, MT
LIFE-LIKE SW-12 MODEL
Life-Like now Walthers owned makes a great version of the SW-12. Undec is hard to find but painted versions can be found and striped.
MRL 17 LL SW-12
EMD E8/9 2250 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL's first E-unit they aquired was too far gone to be rebuilt. The MRL 36 is on it's way to the MRL for storage because of a dispute between sister company CEECO and two other parties. It is not known at this time what will become of this unit but we can only hope that MRL will get this unit for Passenger specials.
MRL 36, Seattle, Wa
KATO E8/9 MODEL
Kato makes another great model to use for this engine. These untis are getting scarce however so I would recommend picking up a model now if you can and wait till MRL gets it painted. Undec shells are still available from Kato.
Kato Milw e8/9
EMD SW1500 1500 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL's two SW1500's were purchased from National Railway Equipment in 1995. These units were originaly Inland Steel locomotives based out of Chicago. An unusual detail of these locomotives are the flexicoil turcks which MRL installed shortly after aquiring them. Both units have now come back from Ceeco with new paint.
MRL 52 Billings, MT
NO MODEL MODEL
No good model available at this time. There have been a couple of releases of SW1500's by Atlas and Con-Cor but these untits are terrible by todays standards. I have seen these at shows for varying prices but overall I don't think they are worth buying at any price. Modeling these units with flexicoil trucks would make this task even more difficult.
EMD GP-9 1750 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL has many different versions of the GP-9 including high nose, low nose and torpedo's in both high and low nose.
MRL 112
ATLAS GP-9 MODEL
Atlas makes many deiffernt versions of this model just like the prototype. For best results get a good photograph and then choose your model. Atlas has recently released 2 new road numbers. Available now.
MRL 126 Atlas GP-9
EMD GP19-1 1750 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL built this one unit from a GP-9 with many upgrades and modifications. Sadley in 2008 it was involved in a collison at Huntley and wrecked.
MRL 151 Missoula, MT
ATLAS GP19-1 MODEL
An Atlas GP-9 can be used to make this model. Using an Atlas GP-35 cab and some Sunrise Ent. parts you could get close to this model.
EMD SD-40 3000 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL has different versions of the SD-40 including what they call an SD40-XR. The car bodies on these units have subtle differences because of the different railroads that previously owned them, but for the most part the units are the same.
MRL 253
KATO SD-40 MODEL
Kato makes the SD-40. There have been several releases of this model including the latest having a DCC ready frame. A great running reliable engine that will last for years. Just add your details and paint to make different versions. Status - Available in other road names.
Kato MRL 265
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EMD SD40-2 3000 HP PROTOTYPE
This single SD40-2 was aquired from BN after being wrecked in a accident at West End. The unit was rebuilt using parts from a former Rock Island GP-40. MRL 250
KATO SD40-2 MODEL
Kato makes the SD40-2. There have been several releases of this model including the latest having a DCC ready frame. A great running reliable engine that will last for years. Just add your details and paint to make different versions. Status - available undec....
Kato MRL 250
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EMD SDP40-2XR 3000 HP PROTOTYPE
The original model SDP40 came equipt with a steam generator for passenger service. This single unit was purchased by MRL from the Burlington Northern after being wrecked in Helena Montana.
MRL 290 at Helena
SDP40-2XR MODEL
No model of this prototype available.
EMD SD45-2 3600 HP PROTOTYPE
SD45-2's that MRL uses come in two different car bodies. The standard SD45-2 that most people recognize and the SD-45 car bodies that MRL has upgraded to Dash 2 standards. Both have the same 20 cylinder engines.
MRL 312 Laurel
INTERMOUNTAIN RAILWAY SD45-2 MODEL
Intermountain Railway Co. has just relased these SD45-2 models. Nicely detailed, accurate paint and markings. These models have the same split frame design as Kato and Atlas. Status - available as of 3/08. No undecs available.
MRL 307
EMD SD45-2 3600 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL maintains a fleet of SD-45's. Like the SD-40's MRL has started to convert these 20 cylinder locomotive into the Dash-2XR series. The car bodies are the same however and only the small designation lettering on the frame will tell you the difference.
MRL 327 Missoula
KATO SD-45 MODEL
Kato has made several runs of the SD-45. Nice reliable model, great runner. Staus - available decorated in other roads.
MRL 360
EMD F45 3600 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL has owned 4 of these 20 cylinder full cowel engines at one time. These have been used on Officers Specials as well as Haulers.
MRL 393
ATHEARN F45 MODEL
Athearn makes the F-45 with and without sound. The Tsunami sound is incredible and beat out all other on-board sound systems hands down. Status - Available now.
MRL 390
EMD GP-35 2500 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL has 6 2500 horse power GP-35's Used mostly on locals there are only slight differneces in these units the main one being, 401-402 do not have dynamic brakes.
MRL 405
ATLAS GP-35 MODEL
Atlas makes GP-35's in both dynamic and non-dynamic versions that can be used to model these engines. The first locmotives realeased by Atlas were built by Kato. The later versions are china built for Atlas and do not run as smooth as the Japanese version. Status - available..
MRL 405
EMD SD-9 1750 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL again has multiple versions of this prototype. Some high and low nose and half fuel tanks. Depending on the railroad they orginated they may also be an SD-7 which is slightly different from the SD-9's. The casual obsever would not know the sublte differences.
MRL 600 Livingston, MT
ATLAS SD-9 MODEL
Atlas makes both SD-9 and SD-7 models. Again you can choose a photograph and go for that prototype. Decorated versions in other roads. Strip and repaint. Some available.
MRL 600
EMD SD19-1 1750 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL's two SD19-1's are only the same in name. The two are definately the most unique units on the roster. The 651 is more like an SD-9 than the 652. The cab and nose are from a wrecked SD-40 and the fuel tank from an GP-38. The 652 has an altered SD-40 body with a filter box that looks like a GP38-2.
MRL 651
ATLAS SD-9 MODEL
Atlas makes a SD-9 which would be a start for this model. Each of these units would need the frame and trucks from an SD-9 but the similarities end there. An SD-40 cab can be added to the 651 and needs modification of the nose. The 652 needs an SD-40 body with some shortening and an addition of a filter box from a GP38-2. Get good photos and hack away.
MRL 651
EMD SD-35 2500 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL's SD-35's came in both high and low hood units. They are all chopped now and still in service on the MRL mostly in RCO service. They can be seen with the remote cabooses in Laurel.
MRL 701
ATLAS SD-35 MODEL
Atlas has come out with both high and low hood versions. They have made two runs of these models painted for MRL. Availability.. getting scarce.
Atlas MRL 703
EMD SD70ACe 4300 HP PROTOTYPE
MRL Purchased 16 new SD70ACe's in 2005. Used as Helpers and Haulers. These locomotives have a major fuel savings for the MRL.
MRL 4302
KATO SD70ACe MODEL
Kato SD70ACe's are out now. Only heritage untis are available so far with CSX and BNSF announced. Hoping to see another announcment soon as the undec shell I used has the headlight on top of the cab instead of on the nose. Oh well, it's nice to have an Ace on the layout.
Custom Painted Kato SD70ACe