For nearly 150-years railroads have been transforming
the Montana landscape from the
Continental Divide peaks to wind swept prairies. Steel rails arrived May 9,
the narrow-gauge Utah & Northern reached Monida Pass south of Butte. At the
zenith of rail line construction during the 1890s and early 20th
Century, all major transcontinental railroads
crisscrossed Montana; the Union Pacific, Northern Pacific, Chicago,
Burlington & Quincy [CB&Q], Great Northern, Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
[Milwaukee Road] and the Soo Line.
Through the years, many original railroads evolved into the Burlington
Burlington Northern Santa Fe [BNSF] and Montana Rail Link with unique
shortlines along the way. Though routes and operations have changed, the
scenery of the Big Sky State remain the same.
Take a journey across Montana rails, from the mountains to the prairies.