Dom- It would take a lot of money, and litigation, to put it all back together. It was not built in any more remote settings than other such northern efforts. I have not seen that article, but from what comments I have seen or heard, it is much of the usual errant rehashings. The west end was the money maker for the rest of their system. It was long haul freight. Timber/forest products, major ports traffic percentages, the Golden Triangle in Montana and more. That's where the dollars were. Short hauls, not so much or not at all. The money losers were all their midwestern branch lines. Oh boy were they money losers. (Existing company financial documents.) Crammed in areas already swamped by other operators. Some of those east end branches had lost money, steadily, for decades. And their condition made Lines West tracks look elegant. Today's BNSF "High Line" serves economic conditions much like the much denegrated MILW. Miles and miles of miles and miles. Fewer and fewer shippers. It's their long haul traffic, which provides the dollars- just as with the MILW, Lines West.