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    Default Part of the Marias Pass Route's real life counterpart is now abandoned

    On December 27, 2019, Watco's Mission Mountain Railroad, current operator of the former Great Northern branch line from Columbia Falls to Kalispell, Montana, ran its last train through downtown Kalispell. This occurred just 4 days shy of the 128th anniversary of the Great Northern's first train through the town.

    This train consisted mainly of stored cars being pulled out of downtown. The plan is that two miles of track will be ripped up and turned into a trail connecting a park with one of the main roads in town. It sounds like the last two customers in Kalispell, CHS Kalispell and Northwest Drywall, both relocated to a new rail park in neighboring Evergreen, making the line through downtown Kalispell worthless. Recently the line had been used only for storage.

    Full story: https://flatheadbeacon.com/2019/12/3...vN1WsUgLAnazlg

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    That's sad. They are so quick to rip up the tracks and make the lines into trails. Once that happens, the rails don't go back, usually forever.
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    Wow, sad to see another line get ripped up and turned into a bike trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiawathamr View Post
    Wow, sad to see another line get ripped up and turned into a bike trail

    Cheers
    Yup. They'll stuff and park an old BNSF GP-9 and a rusty boxcar at the end of it, place little signs and markers along the way. Once the tracks are gone, they're gone for good.
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    Thumbs down

    And I will say we reap the seeds we sow in the future!

    I have seen a lot of track in California ripped up and we paid the price for it too be rebuilt in some areas

    An absolute travesty.....

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    Don't want to make you groan epa but here in Scotland 5 passenger lines brought back (after 50 years) with one at over 30 miles - now a 7th to be back as well. Sad for you folk over the pond while we have been fortunate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjhowie View Post
    Don't want to make you groan epa but here in Scotland 5 passenger lines brought back (after 50 years) with one at over 30 miles - now a 7th to be back as well. Sad for you folk over the pond while we have been fortunate!


    i am very happy to hear this news.......

    Over here and other Places in the World, Greed, Corruption, and simplistic thinking, Domination, I better stop at this point, have made some terrible and very expensive, in some ways, Deadly mistakes that we suffer in the End Game.......

    If you have any pictures or links to these changes, I would welcome them......

    Cheers, from the other side of the Pond.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueodessey View Post
    i am very happy to hear this news.......

    Over here and other Places in the World, Greed, Corruption, and simplistic thinking, Domination, I better stop at this point, have made some terrible and very expensive, in some ways, Deadly mistakes that we suffer in the End Game.......

    If you have any pictures or links to these changes, I would welcome them......

    Cheers, from the other side of the Pond.....
    Yeah don't get me going on that...

    Anyway I think part of it is necessity. We are were Britain was in the 1960's and 1970's. Unfortunately it'll take us decades to realize what we had and then in some places it'll be too late.

    In the case of this branch line it may also have had to do with economics. Railroads are taxed on the infrastructure and there is also maintenance associated with it too. Sadly if a line isn't used, or there's only a single customer at the end of a very long line, it's just not worth keeping it around just because it was there. In this case there were only two customers, and Kalispell wasn't interested in the tracks, although, that would have made a nice tourist operation, but then again where are the customers for that either? This place is out in the boonies in Montana. I know, I've been out in that region, and there's not much out there once past Shelby maybe cows perhaps, but not much else.
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    Apart from lines brought back there are far more folk using rail locally and nationally here in GB than back during that groaning time when the government had nationalised rail in 1948 and had it for decades. Even with faults we have done well with the growth.

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