This popular train runs from Sandpoint, Idaho, to Livingston, Montana. Itís a journey that takes passengers along hundreds of miles of the historic main line of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
The distinctive blue engines of Montana Rail Link power the train from the shores of Lake Pend Oreille to the mountains of Montana.
While the Northern Pacific line was completed more than a century ago, most of the rail cars are from the 1950ís, during the heyday of luxurious rail travel.
The scenery and the history along the route help attract scores of people to this excursion train. Passengers can follow the path emblazoned by Lewis & Clark, and, later, Captain John Bozeman.
At the turn of the century, the Northern Pacific Railroad pushed Yellowstone National Park as a major tourist destination. The railroad built a fifty mile branch line from Livingston to Gardner, Montana, at the national park boundary, and during the summer took passengers to the park.