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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One Response 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.

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