Milwaukee Road's Pacific Extension: America's Longest Abandoned Railroad
Milwaukee Road's Pacific Extension might very well be the most famous, or infamous, abandoned right of way in the United States, and it is undoubtedly the longest, although short stretches of the railroad are still in use. Combined, it is one of the world's longest abandoned railways, and the incredible terrain that it crossed means that even long after it ended service, it is still being documented and reused as part of numerous trails.
It was one of the first lines I traced, seeing it on abandonedrails.com, and immediately being curious about it. Today we go in depth into exploring this abandoned rail line, and what it looks like today.
|Map of the Milwaukee Road's Electrified Pacific Extension via: TrainWeb.org|
|A bridge on the Route of the Hiawatha Bike Trail Image: Visit Idaho|
|Image via NTS Greenway|
|Milwaukee Road Freight Train Crossing Hansens Creek Bridge in the Cascades. Milwaukee Road Owned Photo. Kaufmann & Fabry Co. Commercial Photographers. 1950 (Forgotten Railways, Roads & Places Photo Collection)|
|Two Skytop Lounges in their second Milwaukee Road paint scheme. These cars were part of the Twin Cities Hiawatha equipment pool. Image: Jim Boyd|
i) Terry to Miles City, MT - 39 Miles
|Jon Severson photo, 2016. Severson's photographs have documented a significant portion of the Pacific Extension's post-abandonment life in truly amazing fashion!|