When this photo was taken in June 2009, the likelihood of seeing trains west of Othello seemed grim. The tracks were in place, as were the skeletons of the old signals. Weed and sagebrush had grown up along the rails, and nature had otherwise started to reclaim part of the line. The Port of Royal Slope, looking to restore service to Royal City from Othello took it upon themselves to clean up the tracks and fix parts of the line, and are now waiting for an operator of the line to be renamed. The skeletons of the route of the Milwaukee Road are still in place.
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