John L Mathis

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BNSF 4300 meets the BN 9670 at the West Oriva siding on July 18, 2005.

Carrying coals to Newcastle (WY) and beyond, BNSF 4300 east meets loaded westbound coal train with BN 9670 on the point. Eastbound coal meets westbound coal. The 4300 is taking coal from Montana mines near the Wyoming border, to Gillette, Crawford Hill, Alliance, and beyond. BN 9670 is taking coal from the powder river basin west (or east around the northern loop through Laurel, Montana late in the afternoon of July 18, 2005. Once the 4003 is past, the 9670 will hold for a crew change before proceeding west to Sheridan.