Butte Anaconda & Pacific Railway Maintenance of the Way Car

155 Museum Way, Butte, MT

Railway Maintenance of the Way Car built in 1916


Butte Anaconda & Pacific Rwy. Maintenance Car

Photo taken by Richard Doody in September 2018



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The Butte Anaconda & Pacific Railway was the first heavy freight hauling railroad in America to abandon steam engines in favor of electric locomotives. The line's 173 miles of track was completely electrified between 1913 and 1916. Maintaining the overhead electrical system required specially designed equipment such as this hybrid combination Federal Motors truck chassis mounted on standard gauge railroad trucks and fitted with a raised work platform. This vehicle is currently displayed at the World Museum of Mining.

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2021: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Mapped landmark
  • October 3, 2018: Added by Richard Doody