unique fleet of sd45s, a few remaining semaphore signals, and (as always) a close proximity to America's Resourceful Railroad.
This is Huson, MT. Huson was located at milepost 1662.2 on the Milwaukee Road - just over 1660 miles from Chicago's Union Station. The Milwaukee's mainline to the West Coast lies directly ahead of the camera and under foot in this 2005 photograph. The feeder lines to the Milwaukee's network of substations and overhead DC power still mark the old right of way's northern edge, but the grade-level crossing with the NP is gone.
In 1979, Wallace Abbey photographed this location from the back seat of a 1970s era Suburban hi-railer. His trip began in Tacoma and journeyed east along Lines West. The photograph below is just one of many that record the state of the Milwaukee Road main as the 1980 liquidation loomed.
Special thanks to RailroadHeritage.org for use of this W. Abbey photo from their collection. Both views are available online at their website with additional background and information: 2005 1979
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