The remnants of an abandoned rail line in Coeur d'Alene fades into the vault of history this week.
A Chicago company began tearing out about three miles of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. line that has run through Coeur d’Alene for 100 years.
Crews from C&C Track Works, hired to removed the rails, ties and spikes are converting the line to a gravel railbed.
Crews can remove about a mile of rail in a day, according to an article in the Spokesman Review.
BNSF has federal approval to abandon six miles of rail line between downtown Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, and part of it — from Garden Avenue south to City Park — now belongs to the city of Coeur d’Alene.
The land reaching into the Riverstone development on Northwest Boulevard, reverts to the federal Bureau of Land Management and then, through a planned land swap, is expected to be transferred to the city’s urban renewal agency for use as part of the education corridor, according to the article.
More here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/nov/05/crews-start-scrapping-old-tracks/
Agent Keller Williams Coeur d'Alene