Connection - Spokane to Butte by Dale Jones - Arcadia Press
Perhaps the most beloved Pacific Northwest railroad was by far the Milwaukee
from Miles City, Montana to Seattle, Washington. This 96-page full-color
6” x 9” softcover book contains over 200 color images, tracing the Milwaukee
rails from Spokane, Washington to Butte, Montana.
In the late 1890s, the Union Pacific, Northern Pacific, and Great Northern
had a firm grip on all West Coast rail traffic. In 1905, Milwaukee built
into Montana, numerous obstacles emerged; frigid winter temperatures and
steep mountain grades challenged
steam-powered operations. In the early
1910s, electric locomotives became a viable alternative for steam enginesin long-haul rail service; at the same time, waterpower for generating
electricity was developing
in the Northwest. The mines and smelters of Butte and Anaconda supplied the
resources neededto electrify 440-miles of track in Montana and Idaho. The longevity of the
Milwaukee Road electrification into the 1970s highlights the determination
of faithful employees
on what was known as America's Resourceful Railroad.
This full-color narrative captures the essence of Milwaukee Road operations
from Spokane following the unique railroad electrification across the rugged
the meandering Clark Fork River, and the Deer Lodge valley with connections
Included are seven-pages of superb 1960s vintage Butte, Anaconda & Pacific
images from Anaconda and Butte.
Here's are a few customer comments:
“This is a terrific book for any railroader or railfan, the more so if
a particular interest in the Milwaukee Road.”
“Definitely worth the money for folks interested in the Milwaukee Road.
Not much text - almost entirely pictures with good captions. All pictures
and there was only one that I think I had seen previously in other books or