Little Joe’s Through the Bitterroots

Having just reached the summit of the Bitterroot Mountains at an elevation of 4,170 feet, two Milwaukee Road Little Joe’s, E-78 and E-71, heel into a curve on their long decent from Roland to Avery Idaho with a moderate freight in tow. The heavy accumulation of winter snow is unsuccessful in muffling the whining traction motor blowers but does lay in strong contrast to the emerald green forest typical throughout the 440 miles of electrified ribbons of steel. It’s the early 1970’s, and for a few remaining years, there is no better way to see the Rocky Mountain Division than from the cab of an electrified!

24 x 30 original acrylic painting was completed in 2002.

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