Photos from the 2004 Judith Basin Dinner Train and Jawbone Express Excursion Train

Lewistown, Montana

Monday, May 24, 2004 and Tuesday, May 25, 2004

For one of the first times since regular passenger service ended in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a public passenger train ran over all of the former Great Northern and Milwaukee Road trackage operated today by Central Montana Rail out of Lewistown, Montana.

On Monday, May 24, 2004, the Judith Basin Dinner Train ran evening service between Kingston Junction (located about 10 miles northwest of Lewistown) and Moccasin Junction on former Great Northern trackage. The three-hour ride included the 50-mile train ride, photo runbys, and dinner. Dinner was provided by the Yogo Inn and Charlie Russell Chew-Choo Dinner Train.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2004, the Jawbone Express ran an all-day trip over the former Milwaukee Road line between Kingston Junction and Geraldine (with bus return), completing the tour of Central Montana Rail. We made a number of stops along the line for photography, several at very tall and long steel trestles. Lunch by the Charlie Russell Chew-Choo Dinner Train was included. More information is available at www.lewistownchamber.com. For additional photos of this trip, see www.trainweb.org/chris/rare20042.html (Chris Guenzler), www.trainweather.com/may242004.html (Ken Ziegenbein), and www.trainweather.com/may252004.html (Ken Ziegenbein).

RDCs in Montana! One of five rebuilt Budds that we used on the trip.

Dinner is served! Both days featured fine food provided by the Charlie Russell Chew-Choo.

Our train sits ready to leave from "downtown" Kingston, Montana. A fresh snow covered the surrounding hillsides while we enjoyed the sun in the valley.

Plenty of room for the runby!

Sage Creek Trestle absolutely dwarfs our train. The trestle is almost 1700 feet long and 150 feet high.

Another view of Sage Creek Trestle as the train moves off the bridge. Notice the long-hood forward position of the locomotive, appropriate for this former Great Northern GP9.

This Central Montana Rail sign is located on the loco shops at Denton. Officials of the railroad moved the entire roster outside for our viewing.

We arrive at the end of the line at Geraldine. The restored depot is a wonderful sight next to our beautiful train.

All photos this page by Sarah Jennings.


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