Last Days of the North Coast Hiawatha

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The trip was somewhat bittersweet. It is Sept. 23, 1979. I am aboard the westbound North Coast Hiawatha en route to Seattle.

The North Coast Hi has less than a month to live, soon to become a victim of a massive Amtrak route restructuring that will end it, the Lone Star, the National Limited, the Floridian, the Hilltopper and the Champion.

I bought a ticket aboard No. 9 to ride the train before it ended. I rode in coach from Chicago to St. Paul and then had a roomette to Seattle.

We are somewhere in Montana on the former Northern Pacific, which at the time was controlled by Burlington Northern.

I made a few images from an open vestibule window as the train snaked through the mountains. I have not been back here since.

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2 Responses to “Last Days of the North Coast Hiawatha”

  1. Gordon Bower Says:

    “Somewhere in Montana”: just east of Butte, coming off of Homestake Pass. The I-15 overpass on the east edge of town visible ahead of the locos. The overpass (and the rails, heavily overgrown with weeds) are still there but out of service.

  2. LM Says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/24/us/montana-rural-railroad-amtrak.html

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