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Northern Pacific passenger trains photo gallery

By | May 11, 2021

Images of passenger service on the Main Street of the Northwest

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A locomotive arriving at a station
A locomotive arriving at a station
North Coast Limited
Seattle/Portland–Chicago North Coast Limited arriving Chicago Union Station, May 1958.
R. P. Olmsted
A locomotive arriving at a station
A close up black and white photo of a locomotive with smoke coming out of its chimney
North Coast Limited
Chicago–Seattle/Portland North Coast Limited, 10 miles west of Livingston, Mont., Feb. 8, 1947.
W. R. McGee
A close up black and white photo of a locomotive with smoke coming out of its chimney
A close up black and white photo of a train coming through a bridge
 “Sagebrush Annie”
Seattle–Spokane local train 6, nicknamed “Sagebrush Annie,” crossing Columbia River at Pasco, Wash., 1950s.
Fred Matthews
A close up black and white photo of a train coming through a bridge
A black and white picture taken overhead a long locomotive moving through the mountains
North Coast Limited
Chicago–Seattle/Portland North Coast Limited, somewhere in Montana, illustrating Northern Pacific’s practice of separating dome cars with at least one flat-roofed car.
Northern Pacific
A black and white picture taken overhead a long locomotive moving through the mountains
A locomotive on the track with big white smoke coming out of its chimney
Mainstreeter
Seattle/Portland–Chicago Mainstreeter departing Glendive, Mont., Sept. 6, 1956.
H. F. Stewart
A locomotive on the track with big white smoke coming out of its chimney
A black and white photo of a locomotive coming out of the mountains
Troop train
4-6-6-4 with westbound troop train, operating as second section of train 1, the North Coast Limited, at Missoula, Mont., April 1945.
B. J. Dodge
A black and white photo of a locomotive coming out of the mountains
A black and white photo of a locomotive with big white smoke coming out of its chimney
North Coast Limited
Chicago–Seattle/Portland North Coast Limited between St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1945.
Northern Pacific
A black and white photo of a locomotive with big white smoke coming out of its chimney
A black and white photo taken from the top of a locomotive looking back at the train and the mountains
North Coast Limited
Chicago–Seattle/Portland North Coast Limited at Highview, Mont., on the west side of Homestake Pass.
Classic Trains coll.
A black and white photo taken from the top of a locomotive looking back at the train and the mountains
A green and white locomotive on the tracks
Mainstreeter
Seattle/Portland–Chicago Mainstreeter at Plains, Mont., mid-1964.
Bruce Butler
A green and white locomotive on the tracks
A black and white photo of a family being served food on a train
North Coast Limited
Publicity photo in the North Coast’s dining car showing the serving of a dinner that includes NP’s signature “Great Big Baked Potato,” 1950s.
Northern Pacific
A black and white photo of a family being served food on a train
A back and white photo of a train leaving a station
Train 408
Seattle–Portland train 408 departing King Street Station, Seattle, in August 1949.
Albert Farrow
A back and white photo of a train leaving a station
A black and white photo of a train with big white smoke coming out of its chimney
North Coast Limited
Chicago–Seattle/Portland North Coast Limited climbing 3 miles west of Livingston, Mont., with 4-8-4 road engine and 2-8-2 pusher.
W. R. McGee
A black and white photo of a train with big white smoke coming out of its chimney
A postcard of a stewardess talking to the passengers in a lounge car
North Coast Limited
Postcard showing stewardess with mural in Traveller’s Rest lounge car of Chicago–Seattle/Portland North Coast Limited.
Classic Trains coll.
A postcard of a stewardess talking to the passengers in a lounge car
An overhead distance shot of a locomotive on the tracks
Train 288
Garrison–Butte, Mont., train 288, connection to Butte for east- and westbound Mainstreeter (which ran via Helena), in Silver Bow Canyon west of Butte, late 1940s.
Linn H. Westcott
An overhead distance shot of a locomotive on the tracks
A green and white train passing by trees
North Coast Limited
Chicago–Seattle/Portland North Coast Limited in St. Paul, Minn., July 1965.
Jim Jeffrey
A green and white train passing by trees
A distant shot of a locomotive crossing a bridge
Mainstreeter
Chicago–Seattle/Portland Mainstreeter crossing the Sheyenne River “High Bridge” at Valley City, N.Dak., in 1964.
Joseph Stark
A distant shot of a locomotive crossing a bridge
A black and white photo of a locomotive on the tracks
North Coast Limited
Chicago–Seattle/Portland North Coast Limited departing Livingston, Mont., in 1954.
Donald Sims
A black and white photo of a locomotive on the tracks
A black and white photo of an artist pointing at something on his mural inside a passenger car
North Coast Limited
Artist Edgar Miller with his mural in one of the North Coast’s Traveller’s Rest lounge cars, 1955.
Northern Pacific
A black and white photo of an artist pointing at something on his mural inside a passenger car
A black and white photo of the train conductor standing outside at the train station
Train 139
Motor car B-21 working as Fargo–Streeter, N.Dak., train 139 at Sheldon, circa 1960.
William D. Middleton
A black and white photo of the train conductor standing outside at the train station
A postcard that shows passengers sitting inside a green train as it passes through the mountains
North Coast Limited
Postcard advertising North Coast Limited, 1955.
Northern Pacific
A postcard that shows passengers sitting inside a green train as it passes through the mountains

 

The Northern Pacific Railway is Classic Trains‘ Railroad of the Month for May 2021. Please enjoy this photo gallery originally published in November 2019 as part of editors’ salute to the grit and grandeur that was the NP.

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