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6/29/00 4:20

Bob Montbriand

Northern Pacific Transport was the highway (both freight and passenger)   service, and was quite active in Montana.  Compiler  C Frissell

08/10/00 17:42

James C Dick

There have been several previous postings on the N.P.Transport Co.  It struck a note and I was finally able to locate the Railway Age article.  The date of the article is Dec. 25, 1937, Vol. 103, No.26. Most larger  libraries might have these bound into books. In Mpls/St.Paul, the U of  Minn. sciences library also has copies of Railway Age.  (If you have a have a college or university near by that has a strong  technical or engineering school in it, stop in. You WILL find books on  railroading inside and some of the N.P. engineering staff were often  on the forefront of their field and did publish about their accomplishments.)    On to the N.P.T.   The article states that "Starting in 1932 with a bus line between Billings  and Miles City, 146 miles, the operation has grown to eight truck routes,  nine bus-truck routes, and six bus routes now operate 60,000 truck miles,  35,000 bus-truck miles, and 45,000 bus miles monthly." (1937) Other  excepts from the three page article are;  "Cars are operated to the concentration points on fast rail schedules  from Spokane to both Missoula and Butte containing freight from Seattle.  " (The article does not specify if these "fast schedules" are on freight  or pass. trains. - Veterans ??? ) On arrival at these two Montana points  early in the morning, the the merchadise is transferred immediately to  trucks and morning delivery is made to local and branch line  points."   The branchline service it referred to covered almost all the branchlines  in Montana with six-day-a-week service instead of the twice or tri-weekly  service that had been in place. Two main garages and a third smaller  one handled servicing the 57 pieces of equipment,- trucks,  bus-trucks, buses and trailers that the N.P.T. had at that time. It tells  that 6 pieces of new equipment was on order for additional service and  that these would be diesel powered. One last quote from the article.  "Close connection and co-operation with the Great Northern rail-highway  co-ordination in northern Montana widens the scope of of both operations  materially." Can any G.N. folk expand on that? There are some pictures  here, including the right side of a bus, all in black and white, of the  equipment.  Would someone like to do a presentation on the N.P.T. at next years  convention ? I will help with looking through the archives. There are  some pictures and data to start with in this article. I am sure that  there is more in the archives. It sounds as if at least one of our veterans  has some helpful knowledge. If someone has an interest in   doing a presentation, contact me off line.    Compiler  C Frissell