Amtrak’s Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder passes through Montana during daylight hours in both directions. That makes it an attractive target for photographers.
Akron Railroad Club member Roger Durfee went chasing after the Builder during his trip to the Treasure State last September.
He tracked down No. 8 in various locations including against a backdrop of mountains, open range and grain elevators, making images near Browning, Cut Bank, Shelby, Malta and Havre.
This is the territory of the former Great Northern Railway, which was built by “empire builder” James Hill. For decades the Empire Builder was the premier passenger train on the GN.
Today these tracks are owned by BNSF and Amtrak’s Empire Builder is the only passenger train to use these rails.
Photographs by Roger Durfee
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