Trackside Classic: The Last Milwaukee Road Electric Locomotive

While heading back to Colorado from Glacier National Park a few years ago, we stumbled through Harlowton and were quite surprised to see this locomotive parked literally at the curbside.  Of course we stopped for a closer look…

After reading the large plaque, it appears that this is the last of the original 84 built by General Electric in 1915 and was run on the Milwaukee Road line between Harlowton, MT and Avery, ID.  This particular engine, along with another (the E34C), was still in use the day that electrification was turned off on the line, June 15, 1974.  After that, the E57B was donated to Harlowton where it now sits in a small park at the side of the main road with a bench for your viewing pleasure.