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The Mission Mountain Railroad began operations December 2004.

Located miles from the Canadian border in the northwest section of Montana, its 40 miles of track are located on two separate lines.  The north line begins at Eureka and extends south to Stryker.  The south line begins at Columbia Falls and extends southwest to Kalispell.  Interchanges with the BNSF are located at Stryker and Columbia Falls.

Primarily moving forest products and grain, the MMT will serve 12 customers at 15 locations, and is expected to move more than 9,000 rail cars in 2005.

The Columbia Falls-Kalispell line was built in 1891 by the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway, (SPM&M) the predecessor of the Great Northern Railroad.   Part of the original mainline over Haskell Pass, the mainline was changed when a new line was completed via Whitefish and Rexford where it connected with a GN branch, that in turn connected with the mainline at Jennings.

The Haskell Pass line was severed in 1904 and gradually cut back to Kalispell, a city of some size and importance. The Kalispell spur was also important because it provided the connection to the short branch line to Somers where GN had its large tie plant for years. That spur is now gone.

The Stryker-Eureka segment is part of the 1904 construction. It was built under the charter of the SPM&M and opened in 1904. This remained part of the GN main line until 1970, by this time owned by the Burlington Northern Railway, when the new Flathead Tunnel was opened. The portion of the line from Rexford to near Jennings was to be flooded by the new lake, forming the dam on the Kootenay River, necessitating the line relocation. The portion north of Stryker remained in service as a branch line to serve the various lumber industries.

Transloading is available on the MMT at Eureka, MT. The site is served by the MMT with interchange to the BNSF Railroad.  Click here for more information.

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