North Coast Hiawatha Comeback?: A cross-country trip reveals the possible future for rail service in southern Montana – Sandpoint Train Station (Sandpoint Train Depot)
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North Coast Hiawatha Comeback?: A cross-country trip reveals the possible future for rail service in southern Montana

Excerpt and link to a great article about the North Coast Hiawatha and many great reason to bring it back!

“Walking the weathered and unused platform of the old Northern Pacific Railway depot in downtown Missoula, it’s hard to imagine how busy this place once was.

But there was a time when this spot was the hub of Missoula. A time when massive steam locomotives brought seasonal visitors to western Montana. A time when the sons of a city boarded troop trains destined for the front lines of Europe. A time when traveling by rail wasn’t seen as some antiquated way of going from place to place, but the way.

That was until 1979, when Amtrak discontinued its North Coast Hiawatha passenger train between Chicago and Seattle, leaving Missoula and southern Montana with no passenger rail service. But that could soon change if rail advocates and some local politicians get…” read the entire article.

Be sure to check out these previous posts on the North Coast Hiawatha:
North Coast Hiawatha Report, thoughts from a Railroad Veteran
North Coast Hiawatha (NCH) Passenger Rail Study, Amtrak route report

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