Montana Railroads

Montana Common Freight Carriers

  • BNSF Railway (BNSF)
  • Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railway (RARW)
  • Central Montana Rail, Inc. (CM)
  • Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad (DMVW)
  • Mission Mountain Railroad (MMT)
  • Montana Rail Link (MRL)
  • Tongue River Railroad (proposed)
  • Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
  • Yellowstone Valley Railroad (YSVR)

Montana Passenger Carriers

  • Amtrak (AMTK)

Montana Defunct Railroads

Name Mark System From To Successor
Big Blackfoot Railway   MILW 1910 1916 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Big Horn Railroad   CB&Q 1905 1916 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Big Horn Southern Railroad   CB&Q 1888 1897 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Billings and Central Montana Railway   NP 1912 1921 Northern Pacific Railway
Billings and Northern Railroad   GN 1902 1907 Great Northern Railway
Burlington Northern Inc. BN   1970 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN   1981 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railway BA&P, BAP   1892 1985 Rarus Railway
Butte, Wisdom and Pacific Railway     1913 1914 Southern Montana Railway
Camp Creek Railway   NP 1911 1914 Northern Pacific Railway
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad CB&Q CB&Q 1894 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway   CB&Q 1901 1907 N/A
Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway   MILW 1909 1912 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway   MILW 1912 1928 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway of Montana   MILW 1905 1908 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway of Washington
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway of Washington   MILW 1908 1909 Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad MILW MILW 1928 1982 Burlington Northern Railroad
Clearwater Short Line Railway   NP 1898 1914 Northern Pacific Railway
Coeur d'Alene Railway and Navigation Company   NP 1886 1897 Northern Pacific Railway
Drummond and Philipsburg Railroad   NP 1887 1888 Northern Pacific and Montana Railroad
Elliston and Southern Railroad     1896   N/A
Gallatin Valley Railway   MILW 1910 1918 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Gallatin Valley Electric Railway   MILW 1908 1910 Gallatin Valley Railway
Gaylord and Ruby Valley Railway   NP 1897 1899 Northern Pacific Railway
Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad   NP 1907 1939 N/A
Great Falls and Canada Railway   GN 1889 1901 Montana and Great Northern Railway
Great Falls Terminal Railway   MILW 1912 1914 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Great Falls and Teton County Railway   GN 1912 1914 Great Northern Railway
Great Northern Railway GN GN 1890 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Helena, Boulder Valley and Butte Railroad   NP 1886 1888 Northern Pacific and Montana Railroad
Helena and Jefferson County Railroad   NP 1883 1898 Northern Pacific Railway
Helena and Northern Railroad   NP 1886 1888 Northern Pacific and Montana Railroad
Helena and Red Mountain Railroad   NP 1886 1899 Northern Pacific Railway
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad SOO CP 1944 1961 Soo Line Railroad
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway SOO CP 1913 1944 Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad
Missoula and Bitter Root Valley Railroad   NP 1887 1888 Northern Pacific and Montana Railroad
Missoula and Hamilton Railway   NP 1911 1916 Northern Pacific Railway
Missouri River Railway   NP 1906 1914 Northern Pacific Railway
Montana Railroad   MILW 1894 1910 Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway
Montana Railway   NP 1881 1898 Northern Pacific Railway
Montana Central Railway   GN 1886 1907 Great Northern Railway
Montana Eastern Railway   GN 1912 1928 Great Northern Railway
Montana and Great Northern Railway   GN 1901 1907 Great Northern Railway, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway
Montana Southern Railway     1917 1940 N/A
Montana Southern Railway   NP 1893 1897 Gaylord and Ruby Valley Railway
Montana Union Railway   NP 1886 1898 Northern Pacific Railway
Montana Western Railway MWRR   1986 2003 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Montana Western Railway     1909 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Montana, Wyoming and Southern Railroad MW&S, MWS   1909 1955 N/A
Northern Pacific Railroad   NP 1864 1896 Northern Pacific Railway
Northern Pacific Railway NP NP 1896 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Northern Pacific and Montana Railroad   NP 1888 1898 Northern Pacific Railway
Oregon Short Line Railroad   UP 1897 1987 Union Pacific Railroad
Oregon Short Line and Utah Northern Railway   UP 1889 1897 Oregon Short Line Railroad
Rarus Railway RARW   1985 2007 Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railway
Rocky Fork and Cooke City Railway   NP 1886 1898 Northern Pacific Railway
Rocky Mountain Railroad of Montana   NP 1881 1898 Northern Pacific Railway
St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway   GN 1879 1907 Great Northern Railway
Shields River Valley Railway   NP 1908 1914 Northern Pacific Railway
Soo Line Railroad SOO CP 1961    
Southern Montana Railway     1914 1917 Montana Southern Railway
Utah and Northern Railway   UP 1878 1889 Oregon Short Line and Utah Northern Railway
White Sulphur Springs and Yellowstone Park Railway WSYP MILW 1910 1980 N/A
Yellowstone Park Railroad     1905 1909 Montana, Wyoming and Southern Railroad

Montana Electric Railway Companies

  • Amador Railway
  • Anaconda Copper Mining Company 
  • Bozeman Street Railway
  • Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railway (BA&P, BAP)
  • Butte Consolidated Railway
  • Butte Electric Railway
  • Gallatin Light, Power and Railway Company
  • Gallatin Valley Railway
  • Gallatin Valley Electric Railway
  • Great Falls Street Railway
  • Helena Light and Railway Company
  • Helena Light and Traction Company

Montana Not Completed Railroads

  • Montana Railway
  • North and South Railway