SNOWSHEDS and TRAIN
MARIAS PASS OPERATIONS 1950s – 1980s.
11 x 8.5 landscape B&W format
softcover has over 150 photos,
featuring line side action at all ten Marias Pass snowsheds. Included are
of snowshed construction and an atlas of avalanche history at every snowshed.
There are four in depth studies of the following events:
First, of the deadly March 4, 1929 avalanche at Snowshed #6,
next, the story of the mysterious Highgate/Singleshot connection;
the February 29, 1956 snowslide at Snowshed #10.7
and the after effects of the June 1964 Flood.
I lived at Essex
for a few years in the mid-1980s and was able to document
first hand daily operations in Marias Pass. The Essex station was vacant at
so I was able to rummage through the attic and retrieve
a number of
train orders and line-ups from the 1950s and 1960s.
In the collection of documents reproduced is a "Form 237" from February
This "Station Train Movement and Train Order Transfer Record" lists
every train that went thru Essex during the winter month of February
Find out when
the Empire Builder was headed up with General Electric U25B's.
In the "Telegrams" section, read about the Shoo-fly built around newly
completed Tunnel 3.9.
This book will be welcome addition to your Great Northern, Burlington
or Marias Pass/Glacier National Park library.