Restoration of the North Coast Hiawatha would connect most of Montana’s major cities including Missoula, Butte, Bozeman and Billings. But it would also stimulate rural counties along the route, providing both a boon in visitation and easier access to major markets. [Lake County, CSKT eye passenger rail authority membership, spur-line restoration]It's not currently in President Joe Biden's rail plan but if Amtrak and the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission connect the Chief at Pueblo or Trinidad, Colorado to the Empire Builder at Shelby, Montana through Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming it will intersect the North Coast Hiawatha at Laurel or Billings, Montana and serve the state capital in Helena.
Another day, another shot at photographing @Amtrak's newest locomotives, the @SiemensMobility ALC-42s. Eventually, I'm gonna get the sunny chase through Glacier National Park that I've been waiting for and then I can stop going out every time these things roll through... #MTnews pic.twitter.com/Fj0D8YabxR— Justin Franz (@jfranz88) March 23, 2022
City of New Orleans is next, no clue on what trains get them after that— Justin Franz (@jfranz88) March 23, 2022