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MRL rolls out new locomotive in tribute to Montana veterans

Posted at 9:35 AM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 11:35:13-05

While we're used to seeing the familiar sight of Montana Rail Link's familiar blue engines with their red logos across Western Montana, the Missoula-based transporter added something a little different to their fleet today, paying tribute to the men and women who have served their country.

The new Veteran's Locomotive, which was quietly unveiled in a ceremony last week, and is now being placed in active freight service on the MRL lines running from Billings on the east to Sandpoint, Idaho.

The veterans locomotive was vinyl wrapped in Missoula and designed by Monica Cederberg of the Washington Companies. A second locomotive honoring essential workers for all their service during the pandemic will be unveiled shortly and put into service.

In addition, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is donating $50,000 to Warriors and Quiet Waters, and an additional $50,000 to Montana No Kid Hungry.