Category: America

  • White Pass & Yukon Railway

    Hyde Park Now-White Pass & Yukon Railway

    The fantastic White Pass & Yukon Railway – which passes through mountainous territory in both Alaska and Canada – is a stupendous line that was built to overcome the elements. The route was gruelling and many thought it would be impossible to build. But build it they did! The three foot gauge line actually runs […]

  • South Shore Line Michigan City

    Hyde Park Now-South Shore Line Michigan City

    The Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Line (the South Shore) is America’s last interurban line – and what is more surprising is it still operates a substantial section of on-street track. The railroad once had other street sections too which have since been diverted – however this in Michigan City, Indiana, is the last […]

  • MILW picture gallery #2

    Hyde Park Now-MILW picture gallery #2

    The second part of this special gallery of Milwaukee Road scenes! Most are from Flickr pools – and not even featured on Google’s pages. Many fascinating pictures – and great photographers who captured these scenes! There’s a bonus feature at the end of this post! Drummond between Deer Lodge and Missoula. One of the few […]

  • MILW picture gallery #1

    Hyde Park Now-MILW picture gallery #1

    I thought I’d do a gallery of Milwaukee Road scenes! Most are from Flickr pools – and not even featured on Google’s pages. Many fascinating pictures – and some very lucky guys who captured these scenes! The eastern terminus of the 438 miles of electrification at Harlowton. Large marshalling yards and locomotive depots were found […]

  • Along the Milwaukee Road #4

    Hyde Park Now-Along the Milwaukee Road #4

    This is the fourth part of the Milwaukee’s electrified Rockies route through Montana towards Eastern Idaho. Many questioned the choice of route especially as it served few places and paralleled other railroads. Compared to the other railroads’ attempts through this part of the States the Milwaukee’s route involved the traverse of two additional mountain ranges! […]

  • Along the Milwaukee Road #3

    Hyde Park Now-Along the Milwaukee Road #3

    This is the third part of the Milwaukee’s electrified Rockies route through Montana towards Eastern Idaho. The company’s choice of route was questioned especially as it paralleled other railroads. These outlasted the later Milwaukee company because they were in a rather better position strategically, financially in terms of routeing and station locations and a wider […]

  • Along the Milwaukee Road #2

    Hyde Park Now-Along the Milwaukee Road #2

    This is the second part of a look at whats left of the railroad’s 440 mile route through the Rockies and covers the section from Butte to Missoula. The line follows the Clark Fork River for most of the way (as it does in fact all the way to St Regis.) It looks a fairly […]

  • Along the Milwaukee Road #1

    Hyde Park Now-Along the Milwaukee Road #1

    A tour featuring some of the highlights of the 440 mile electrified length of the Milwaukee Road between Harlowton and Avery and showing what exists these days mostly using Google Streets. This is a follow up to the introductory post I did a few days ago covering the history of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St, Paul […]

  • Electric railroad thro the Rockies #2

    Hyde Park Now-Electric railroad thro the Rockies #2

    Most of the westward extension has now vanished and many of its structures have been demolished, save for a few spectacular ones. Tunnels have been blocked off and parts of the route are now highways, or in the more spectacular mountain parts, have become trails for people to walk or bike along and enjoy the […]

  • Electric Railroad thro the Rockies #1

    Hyde Park Now-Electric Railroad thro the Rockies #1

    Forty years ago one of America’s most iconic and controversial transcontinental lines closed down for good, having worked for just over seventy years. This was the only electric line that stretched right across the Rockies & popularly called the Milwaukee Road. Despite the controversies surrounding its construction this once expensive, lengthy and high quality engineered, […]