Introduction To The N
Surviving almost 107 years of rugged history, the Northern
Pacific Railway was a rare American institution. Rooted in Lewis and Clark's exploration of
The idea seemed simple - create a direct route between
Lake Superior and the
The railroad that emerged rightfully earned its place in
American railroad history. The NP
pioneered two super-power locomotive designs - the 4-8-4 "Northern"
in 1926 and the 2-8-8-4 "
The Northern Pacific offered famous passenger service
through the North Coast Limited beginning in 1900. The railroad created the first national park
connection, proudly featuring the famous "Yellowstone Park Line" in
its name until the adoption of "
By the early 1950s, the NP commanded over 6,888 route miles in its system. Modernization included Electro-Motive diesels, lighter-weight streamlined passenger cars, and a new two-tone green color scheme for the North Coast Limited by the famed industrial designer, Raymond Lowey.
On March 2, 1970, the Northern Pacific Railway Co. (NP) was merged with the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Co. (CB&Q), Great Northern Railway Co. (GN), Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway Co. (SP&S), and their subsidiaries to become the Burlington Northern Railroad (BN). On September 22, 1995, the Burlington Northern Railroad (BN) and the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (AT&SF) completed their merger to become the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. (BNSF) The latest railroad covers 33,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.