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Back in May of 2003, my wife and I took off for points north - most notably, a 10 day drive around western and central Montana. Starting out from Billings, we worked west across the MRL to Helena, then Missoula, and finally to Paradise for a couple of days. From there, it was on to Glacier National Park and BNSF's ex-GN mainline over Marias Pass, which skirts around the southern edge of the park. Finally, for CTC Board's Day In North America 2003, we'll hit the MRL between Missoula and Livingston, only to be hindered by rain and cloud cover the whole day. Bearing in mind I wrote about three-fourths of this some two years after the trip, please excuse any factual problems (and report them, I'll fix it straight away).

Over the years, there have been a number of reasonably large trip reports that I've started but just never finished. Either I've run out of time or ambition, and it's languished on my hard disk, hoping one day I'd get back to it. One of those was this particular Montana trip. I never finished it because, throughout the trip, I was frustrated with my Canon 10D, only a few weeks old when I left for the trip. As a result, I was frustrated with the photographic results, and never published. Looking at it over the weekend, I realized there was enough decent material there, and began dredging through my memories to put the pieces together. While the resulting narrative might bit a bit lacking on specifics, I've filled in all that I can remember. If nothing else, the photos themselves deserve to see the light of day, so enjoy!

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