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Northern Pacific Railway freight trains

By | May 17, 2021

The Northern Pacific is Classic Trains' Railroad of the Month for May 2021.

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Streamlined diesel locomotives on freight train.

F units and oil well


Northern Pacific F7 6008 leads an A-B-B-A set of units on a freight past an oil well Fryburg, N.Dak., in mid-1953, not long after discovery of oil in the Williston Basin.

Northern Pacific
Streamlined diesel locomotives on freight train.
Streamlined diesel locomotives on freight train.

F9s at Spokane


Two F9As depart Northern Pacific’s yard at Spokane, Wash., with a freight train in June 1968.

J. David Ingles
Streamlined diesel locomotives on freight train.
Steam locomotive switching freight cars.

2-8-2 switching at Northtown


Pushing on a long cut of freight cars at the south end of Northtown Yard in Minneapolis is 2-8-2 1504, a member of Northern Pacific’s 160-strong W class built by Alco’s Brooks Works in 1904–07, at least 50 years before the time of this photo.

David A. Nealy
Steam locomotive switching freight cars.
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train.

U25Cs on the move


Brand-new U25Cs 2500, 2502, and 2502 blur past Connell, Wash., with fast freight 601 during their first westbound trip on June 4, 1964. Test cars are cut in right behind the units.

Bruce Butler
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train.
Steam locomotive with freight train crossing long, low bridge.

Crossing Lake Pend Oreille


One of Northern Pacific’s 4-6-6-4s crosses Lake Pend Oreille at Sand Point, Idaho, with a freight train in June 1954.

Robert M. Hanft
Steam locomotive with freight train crossing long, low bridge.
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with hopper cars on ore dock

Superior ore dock


Two Alco DL700s switch cars of iron ore atop Northern Pacific’s ore dock at Superior, Wis., in August 1958. Below, the steamer Charles L. Hutchinson waits to be loaded.

William D. Middleton
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with hopper cars on ore dock
Steam locomotive with freight train.

Topping Bozeman Pass


A dozen miles west of Livingston, Mont., Challenger 5123 leads an eastbound freight out of Northern Pacific’s new Bozeman Pass tunnel in July 1948, a few years after the new bore replaced the one to its south.

Robert Milner
Steam locomotive with freight train.
Streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train.

FTs on freight


With a dynamometer car recording their performance, a shiny new set of FT diesels crests the Rocky Mountains west of Helena, Mont., in the early 1940s.

Northern Pacific
Streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train.
Road-switcher and streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train.

Eastbound on Bozeman Pass


U28C 2804 leads an F9B, F9A, and GP9 on Northern Pacific freight train 604 climbing the 1.9-percent west slope of Bozeman Pass in August 1968. A helper set is on the rear end.

N.F. Priebe
Road-switcher and streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train.
Steam locomotive with freight train.

Westbound on Bozeman Pass

Challenger 5101 works its way up wide-open Bozeman Pass with a westbound freight in January 1941.

W. R. McGee
Steam locomotive with freight train.

 

The Northern Pacific Railway is Classic Trains‘ Railroad of the Month for May 2021. Please enjoy this freight train photo gallery sourced from the archives of the David P. Morgan Library at Kalmbach Media.

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