Havre, MT

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Havre is a small town of 9,000 people in the High Plains of Northern Montana. It is midway between Seattle and St. Paul and was built and will always be a railroad town. It is a very important service stop on the Empire Builder and where in addition to the crews being swapped the train is serviced. The locomotives are refueled and all of the Superliner coaches are watered from hoses located directly along the long simple, as of October 2011 still un-renovated platform, with just a yellow stay behind line before the track. The lighting is simple lampposts that make it quite dark in the event that a train is so late that is stops here at night. Towards the western end of the platform a second track that is a siding even begins. Just east of this is fenced around is a Great Northern 4-8-4 S-2 Steam locomotive #2584. Next we come to the station building a large 2-story brick building, that was last renovated in 1953 housing both BNSF offices and the Amtrak ticket/baggage office and a small waiting room with wooden benches and well stocked vending machines, including standard ones soft drinks and even one for ice cream. The signage outside of the station building even says Refreshments beneath the station name sign, advertising them. It is a good place to run inside if your craving packaged snacks that cost quite a bit less than those in the Sightseer Lounge Car. An odd feature are two chests (like you find outside stores) that say ICE on them nestled on the platform. Both directions of trains are scheduled to pass through the station smack in the middle of the day between 1 and 3pm for both directions so the station is scheduled to have relatively normal business hours from 9am to 4:30pm daily. As of June 2013 a few modern Havre, MT signs have appeared on the platform but not much else.
Photos 1-10: 13 July, 2006, 11-24: 20 Ocotober, 2011, 25-51: 28 June, 2013

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The platform side of the fairly big station house at Havre, MT. Superliner-II diner #38042 is also in the station
13 July, 2006
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Older signage includes the railroads milepost, I've yet to see another Amtrak Station with this posted, mile 0 is Spokane, were 145.6 miles away
13 July, 2006
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Looking the other way down the platform at Havre, MT, by Superliner-II diner #38042
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Signs for both the station and the refreshments inside
13 July, 2006
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New passengers line-up to board
13 July, 2006
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The front of Great Northern Railway steam locomotive #2584
13 July, 2006
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Looking down towards the very last car of Empire Builder #48 Superliner-II sleeper #32001
13 July, 2006
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The 11 car Empire Builder
13 July, 2006
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The back of the Eastbound Empire Builder (Trains #8 and #48), Superliner-II Sleeper #32001 at Harve, MT
13 July, 2006
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A nighttime view of the steam locomotive, the Eastbound Builder is running over 6 hours late
20 October, 2011
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Another nighttime view of the dark platform
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A water hose and the dark platform
20 October, 2011
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Security signs inside the station house
20 October, 2011
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The closed ticket window, the train is so late and the agent needs to go and help service it
20 October, 2011
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The waiting benches, there even live plants
20 October, 2011
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The refreshments vending machines
20 October, 2011
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The station hours, it should never be open at nighttime
20 October, 2011
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Looking down the dark platform
20 October, 2011
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