Fifty years ago (May 22, 1961) the Milwaukee Road’s Olympian Hiawatha made its last departures from Chicago and Seattle/Tacoma. Unnamed Nos. 15 and 16 continued between Minneapolis and Deer Lodge, the first division point west of Butte. A September 1961 photo shows a minimum four-car consist behind an E unit: baggage car, coach, tap-cafe car and Touralux sleeper. It was discontinued west of Aberdeen on January 31, 1964, but its nocturnal turnaround between Minneapolis and Aberdeen lasted until April 16, 1969.
No, this is obviously not the Black Hills, but a shot of our old narrow gauge locomotive friend #69 (The Klondike Casey at the Black Hills Central/1880 TRAIN from 1957 to 1964) is now back at home in the territory above Skagway, Alaska and shoving mightily on a plow train in late April.
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