Souris to Antler
This line was built in segments: the Souris-Westhope portion was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1903 as an extention of their pre-existing line from Rugby, ND, and the remainder of the line built by the Dakota and Great Northern Railroad in 1905, which soon came under the control of the GN.
Similarly, the line was also abandoned in the same segments: the latter abandoned in 1985 and the former in 2004.
I notice on Google Satellite that the full abandonment goes all the way into Saskatchewan, connecting to the Canadian Transcontinental. No mention of that here - any particular reason?
My mistake - the abandonment I am looking at runs very close to Maxbass (just on the North and East sides, running NW/SE.)
It is very faint in places on the satellite view, and you need a bit of savvy to follow it, fairly straightly, across the countryside. It really doesn't correspond directly to any of the listed grades. Looking for someone to shed some light on this situation.
I continue to track this line past Towner, toward Jamestown area. This line is not the Maxbass to Towner line, which follows 14 just to the NW. Maybe it's a pipeline, but it has classic marks of a rail grade. There is even a visible part of a trestle over a river about 8 miles SW of Towner. Quite a mystery.
There is even a rail crossing about 5 miles SW of Towner, where another abandoned grade crosses it.
I was totally mistaken - this track-looking feature is a pipeline, since I am seeing posts at road crossings, the type that mark underground hazards. Was exciting for a while, until reality took hold. Good experience for my future grade searches.