Montana/Railroads

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Like highways, railroad tracks have been imported from TIGER data and they share the same problems like unconnected segments, wrong tagging, missing bridges and railroad crossings and positions that are frequently off quite a lot. So a review is necessary as it is for highways.

List of railroads in Montana

The segments of a railway line with similar tagging (especially name=* and usage=*) should be collected into a route=railway relation.

See also: Montana Rail System

Active lines

Lines that see regular rail traffic.

Subdivision Operator Relation Route Notes
Montana Subdivision UP Relation 2305070 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Silver Bow - Dillon - Monida - (ID)
Copper City Subdivision BNSF Relation 2305068 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Fort Benton Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445100 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Kootenai River Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445111 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Hi Line Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445097 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Sweet Grass Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445106 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) (Canada) - Sweet Grass - Shelby
Milk River Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445116 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Glasgow Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445103 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) - (ND)
Great Falls Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445108 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Laurel Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445095 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Casper Subdivision BNSF Relation 2305067 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Laurel - (WY)
Main Line (Montana Rail Link) MRL Relation 1445101 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) (ID) - Paradise - Dixon - Missoula - Drummond - Garrison - Helena - Trident - Bozeman - Livingston - Laurel - Billings - Huntley Double track around Missoula and Billings – Huntley
Big Horn Subdivision BNSF Relation 2305066 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Huntley - (WY)
Forsynth Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445096 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Dickinson Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445110 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) - (ND)
Hettinger Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445113 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) - (ND)
Big Sandy Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445114 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Valier Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445115 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Choteau Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445102 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Fairfield Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445104 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Sarpy Line Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445105 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Colstrip Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445112 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Circle Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445109 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Lewistown Subdivision BNSF
Broadview Subdivision BNSF

Disused lines

Lines that don't have regular traffic but with all infrastructure in place. Tracks are tagged railway=disused.

Subdivision Operator Relation Route Notes
Helena Subdivision BNSF Relation 1291863 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Circle Subdivision BNSF Relation 1445109 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Abandoned lines

Former railroad lines, whether still visible on the ground or not. Ways are tagged railway=abandoned.

Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Scobey - Opheim yes
Glengarry - Lewistown no

Railtrails

A railtrail uses a former railroad right-of-way for e.g. bike or hiking paths, preserving the ROW for possible future re-use as a railway while providing a useful service in the meantime.

Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Missoula (Arrowhead Street) - Missoula (Riverfront Trail) unknown trail split into three segments
Missoula (McCormick Park - Kim Williams Nature Trail Area) unknown
Missoula (Russel Street Bridge - Jacobs Island Park) unknown
near Toll Mountain, Jefferson County unknown used for Cross Country Skiing
Bozeman (Museum of the Rockies - Deerfield Park)

unknown

Kalispell - Kila unknown extension planned to Marion
Billings Heights - Billings unknown
Lookout Pass - Taft - Taft Tunnel unknown
Great Falls (Visitors Center - 15th Street Bridge) unknown
Helena (Carrol College - Joslyn Street) unknown
Bozeman (North Wallace Avenue - Story Mill Road) unknown
Eureka - ? unknown

Passenger trains

Tracks and stations used for passenger train routes are correctly collected into route=train relations.

Amtrak operates Empire Builder long_distance passenger=national trains with service to (Chicago, IL) - Wolf Point - Glasgow - Malta - Havre - Shelby - Cut Bank - Browning - East Glacier - Essex - West Glacier - Whitefish - Libby - (Spokane, WA - Seattle, WA and Portland, OR).

Route Trains Service Relation Status
Empire Builder 7, 8; 27, 28 long_distance Relation 1809794 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Complete; rough public_transport v1