|The Milwaukee Road......what an odd road too. This railroad conspired to build a competing mainline to the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads to the west coast . Not only did they come overland on a route that bypassed most population centers therfore elimintaing plenty of online shippers, but they did it with a great portion of thier pacific extension electrified! And alomost right to the end one could see Milwaukee electrics in helper service or at the helm of a freight train as they had been running since before the World Wars! It is likely that the Milw had the oldest fleet of operating locomotives on a common carier in the US in the mid-70's.
Here the cab of one of the boxcab electrics can be seen poking out of an engine house, ready to serve the rails over Washington's Snoqualmie Pass, east of Tacoma.