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 can be collected in a route=railway relation.

Active lines

Lines that see regular rail traffic.

Operator Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
BNSF Railway (ND) - Snowden - Bainville -Wolf Point - Glasgow - Malta - Havre - Shelby - Cut Bank - Browning - East Glacier - Essex - West Glacier - Whitefish - Stryker - (ID) unknown Double track sections Shelby - Browning and East Glacier - West Glacier
BNSF Railway (Canada) - Sweet Grass - Shelby Yes Canadian line still missing
BNSF Railway Shelby - Power - Great Falls - Moccasin - Broadview - Mossmain Shelby to Power
BNSF Railway Relation 1345035 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Laurel - (WY) Yes
BNSF Railway Glendive - Terry - Miles City - Nichols - Sarpy - Moran Junction - Huntley unknown
BNSF Railway Havre - Big Sandy unknown
BNSF Railway South of Shelby - Valier Yes
BNSF Railway Power - Choteau unknown
BNSF Railway South of Choteau - Fairfield unknown
BNSF Railway Great Falls - Fort Benton unknown
BNSF Railway Relation 1399727 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Sipple - Moore - Glengarry Yes
BNSF Railway Garrison - Butte part in Silver Bow County reviewed
BNSF Railway Moran Junction - (WY) unknown
BNSF Railway Sarpy - Kuehn unknown
BNSF Railway Nichols - Big Sky unknown
BNSF Railway Terry - Baker - (ND) unknown
BNSF Railway Glendive - Wibaux - (ND) unknown
BNSF Railway Relation 1344398 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) (WY) - Decker Yes
Union Pacific Railroad Silver Bow - Dillon - Monida - (WY) Yes
Montana Rail Link (ID) - Paradise - Dixon - Missoula - Drummond - Garrison - Helena - Trident - Bozeman - Livingston - Laurel - Billings - Huntley unknown Double track around Missoula and Billings - Huntley
Montana Rail Link Missoula - Superior - St. Regis - Paradise unknown
Montana Rail Link Dixon - Polson unknown
Montana Rail Link Missoula - Darby unknown
Montana Rail Link Trident - Sappington - Whitehall - Twin Bridges between Sappington and Whitehall
Montana Rail Link Whitehall - Spire Rock unknown
Montana Rail Link Relation 1996597 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Sappington - Harrison Yes
Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad (ND) - Westby - Whitetail Yes
Central Montana Rail Moccasin - Spring Creek Junction - Geraldine unknown
Mission Mountain Railroad Relation 2599368 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Stryker - Eureka Yes
Mission Mountain Railroad Columbia Falls - Kalispell unknown
Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway Relation 1297763 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Butte - Anaconda complete
Yellowstone Valley Railroad Relation 1379208 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Glendive - Sidney - Fairview - Snowden Yes
Yellowstone Valley Railroad Relation 1388382 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Bainville - Plentywood - Scobey Yes
Bull Mountain Railroad Broadview - Bull Mountain unknown
Alder Gulch Shortline Railroad Relation 1970918 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Nevada City - Virginia City n/a currently not in operation

Disused lines

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

Operator Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
BNSF Railway Relation 1319433 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Butte - Spire Rock Yes
BNSF Railway Relation 1291863 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Great Falls - Helena part in Lewis and Clark County reviewed Track damaged due to sinkholes at Ulm
BNSF Railway Glendive - Circle unknown
Montana Rail Link Relation 1360013 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Drummond - Philipsburg Yes
Montana Rail Link Relation 1982030 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Twin Bridges - Alder Yes
Central Montana Rail Spring Creek Junction - Lewistown Yes Stability problems at Spring Creek Trestle

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 train lines are collected in route=train relations.

Operator Relation Route Progress Notes
Amtrak (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) unknown