Charles Smiley Videos D-118 Milwaukee Road West, the Long Road to Extinction -- 1 Hour, 07 Minutes

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The Road from 1955 to 1978 covering the electric, diesels and some steam. This
is a nostalgic and technical look at electric, mountain railroading. See GE
box-cabs, Joes, and Bi-polars in many great locations.

Go inside substations and yards. Watch how the sturdy mountain-men of the Road
dealt with poor funding and ancient, fading equipment to keep the trains running
a Yoemans effort to say the least.

See and hear the start-up of the motor-generators at the Avery sub-station. The
experience and the sounds and sights have been described as raising the hairs
on the back of your neck.

Passenger and freight operations are covered. We review the rival GN, NP lines
and almost merger partner, the Rock Island.

Dont miss the comparisons to the rival Northern Pacific and those splendid
passenger and freight trains in the same region.

To quote Railfan & Railroad magazine, This is another in a series of
educational, vintage footage by Charles Smiley Presents. .. well done maps and
narration, we gain quite a bit of knowledge of the Milwaukee Roads history,
operations, and electric locomotives. This tape is a good choice for Milwaukee
Road fans and for those who want a primer on an important piece of railroad
history between Chicago and Seattle."


  • Seattle, Tacoma
  • Chicago
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Deer Lodge switching
  • Substation views
  • Electric
  • Diesel & Steam
  • Competing Lines

Maps, Diagrams and Graphics...

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