- Jan 3, 2022
- Santa Rosa
The trick to viewing the "slideshow" is to click on the "slideshow" button in the upper right corner (which "flies" to the first station)Did the same thing to me. I think those are haybales, cylindrical rather than balls.
You are correct, the Gardiner station is long gone. The rail bed is now a Rails-To-Trails path for part of the way and I understand that they're adding more sections of trail. The section at Gardiner is a nice ride (once they get the initial approach repaired from 2022 flood damage) along the Yellowstone River. The local e-bike rental place has tours along that stretch.My Dad was born in Red Lodge in 1901, went to MT State in Bozeman and drove tour bus in Yellowstone in summer '27, met Mom who had come from SD on special train for summer staff & worked at Mammoth near Gardiner entrance. Except for some "sagebrushers" coming by car everyone came by train to Gardiner or W Yellowstone or Cody, WY. In '59 we visited MT/WY & the memories were rich. Students working at the Park's Canyon area put on nightly entertainment and asked whether anyone had worked in the Park. I still "see" Dad standing up to say "1927 gear-jammer & bubble-queen" to loud applause. Both of them in '27 went by train from Gardiner to the fair in Billings before she returned to SD. In '59 I remember a 6-6-4 Pullman at W. Yellowstone's lodge-like depot (arrived that morning) with a pillow up against one of the tiny upper berth windows (shade wasn't shut). When Dad drove the bus down the long cliff-edge road to Cody nobody said a word; they applauded upon reaching Cody. After a 1928 wedding in SD, Pittsburgh was home (where Dad worked since '27). They moved to FL in '72. He died in '85; in her 90s when I showed her a photo from somewhere of the lovely lodge-like Gardiner station she burst out in tears. It's no longer there from what I could tell using slideshow of the Montana stations to zoom in & out Livingston to Gardiner. Also in '59 we boarded the North Coast Limited in Missoula for Portland, taking Olympian Hiawatha back from WA. The CMSTP&P line's no longer there but the lovely depot still is (now the Boone & Crockett Club).
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