Great Northern Railway (U.S.)

GN's 4-8-4 S-2 "Northern" class locomotive #2584 and nearby sculpture, U.S.–Canada Friendship in Havre, Montana
A Great Northern H class pacific with a Belpaire firebox. Belpaire fireboxes were rare in the US, but the Pennsylvania and Great Northern both had locomotives featuring them in significant numbers. They were mostly manufactured by or to Baldwin specifications. (1914)
Great Northern boxcabs exiting the Cascade Tunnel.
Great Northern brakeman checks train from caboose.
A 1909 ad aimed at settlers, from a St. Paul newspaper
The Big Sky Blue Empire Builder with an SDP45 in the lead. (1970)
A Great Northern Railway train pauses for the photographer four miles west of Minot in 1914.

American Class I railroad.

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James J. Hill

Canadian-American railroad director.

Hill c. 1875
Portrait of James J. Hill (c. 1908)
Hill c. 1856
Hill c. 1890
Hill's former home at 240 Summit Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota
Portrait of Hill, located in the library of his former home
Hill and Carl Raymond Gray c. 1913

He was the chief executive officer of a family of lines headed by the Great Northern Railway, which served a substantial area of the Upper Midwest, the northern Great Plains, and Pacific Northwest.

BNSF Railway

One of the largest freight railroads in North America.

BNSF Dash 9-44CW #1041 leading a manifest freight train northwest of Shallowater, Texas, running on former ATSF railroad tracks that run parallel to U.S. Route 84 as they cross the high plains of the Llano Estacado. Immediately behind the locomotive are cars painted in the old Burlington Northern livery.
GE Dash 9-44CW 4464 leads a container train through Winslow, Arizona, in the rain on the BNSF Southern Transcon in Northern Arizona.
Ex. Burlington Northern BNSF SD40-2, sitting in Galveston, Texas, alongside many other locomotives.
The BNSF 'heritage' logo found on an EMD SD70MAC. The colors of the logo represented the railroads that are part of BNSF
BNSF ES44DC 7402 leads a train of Boeing 737 fuselages at Greenwood, Nebraska in October 2014.
An eastbound BNSF Railway train passes some maintenance of way equipment in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, August 8, 2004. The lead unit is painted in the Heritage II scheme.
BNSF 880362, a DOT-111 tank car passing Glen Haven, Wisconsin, shows the new corporate logo on June 3, 2006.
Pasco Yard
A second-generation Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) yard-switching engine at Hobson Yard in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is EMD GP28-2 (GP28M) low emissions BNSF H4 1524.
BNSF 5696 pulling a Metrolink train in the aftermath of the 2015 Oxnard train derailment
BNSF logo adopted in 1996

The Burlington Northern Railroad (BN) was created in 1970 through the consolidation of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, the Great Northern Railway, the Northern Pacific Railway and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway.

Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad

Shortline railroad in the state of Minnesota in the United States which existed from 1857 to 1879.


It was taken over by James Jerome Hill and others, who used the railroad as the basis for building the Great Northern Railway.

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Capital of the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of Ramsey County.

A burial mound at Indian Mounds Park
Red river ox cart and driver in St. Paul
The Meeker Island Lock and Dam was the first lock and dam on the Mississippi River in 1902.
The city skyline from the southwest in the winter
Map of racial distribution in Minneapolis-St. Paul, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
The Ford Motor Company's Twin Cities Assembly Plant in 2006
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is a free public greenhouse and urban zoo open year-round.
The Minnesota Centennial Showboat was anchored in the Mississippi River along Harriet Island.
The Xcel Energy Center hosts hockey and other professional sports in addition to concerts and other events.
Two Circus Juventas students on silks
Minnesota State Capitol
Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse
1930s-era students at Hamline University taking finals
Minnesota Public Radio headquarters in downtown Saint Paul
I-94 as it enters downtown Saint Paul from the west
Saint Paul Downtown Airport (Holman Field)
2020 Presidential Election by Precinct Biden:

The Great Northern Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway were both headquartered in St. Paul until they merged with the Burlington Northern.

Glacier National Park (U.S.)

American national park located in northwestern Montana, on the Canada–United States border, adjacent to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

Blackfeet camp at upper St. Mary Lake, c. undefined 1916
Many Glacier Hotel on Swiftcurrent Lake
Saint Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island
Road construction along the Going-to-the-Sun Road with Going-to-the-Sun Mountain in the background, 1932
Landsat 7 image of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The Rocky Mountain Front formed by the Lewis Overthrust fault rises dramatically above the Great Plains on the right.
Winter on the Flathead River
Geological cross section of Glacier National Park (U.S.)
Glacial retreat since the end of the Little Ice Age in 1850
The Big Drift covering the Going-to-the-Sun Road on March 23, 2006
Beargrass is a tall flowering plant commonly found throughout the park.
Over 1,000 grizzly bears live in the region.
A marmot above Hidden Lake
Wildfires burned 13% of the park in 2003.
Glacier National Park Red Jammer bus

Soon after the establishment of the park on May 11, 1910, a number of hotels and chalets were constructed by the Great Northern Railway.

Whitefish, Montana

Town in Flathead County, Montana, United States.

Whitefish Depot
View from the top of Big Mountain, near Whitefish, in winter
US 93 through Whitefish

The Great Northern Railway was built through what is now Whitefish in 1904, which sparked the development of the town.

Empire Builder

Amtrak long-distance passenger train that operates daily between Chicago and either Seattle or Portland via two sections west of Spokane.

Empire Builder crosses the Two Medicine Trestle at East Glacier Park, Montana, 2011
Empire Builder on the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, c. 1929.
The train at Winona Junction, Wisconsin, in 1958
The Portland section of the Empire Builder at Union Station in Portland, Oregon.
Amtrak Empire Builder (interactive map)
In the cab of the Empire Builder, 1974. Photo by Charles O'Rear.
The train along the Columbia River, c. 1947

Introduced in 1929, it was the flagship passenger train of the Great Northern Railway and its successor, the Burlington Northern Railroad, and was retained by Amtrak when it took over intercity rail service in 1971.

Western Pacific Railroad

Class I railroad in the United States.

Western Pacific logo from 1979–1983
California Zephyr pulled by Western Pacific locomotives through Feather River Canyon
Western Pacific map of California in 1931
Western Pacific map of Nevada in 1931
Western Pacific map of Utah in 1931

In 1931 Western Pacific opened a main line north from the Feather River Canyon to the Great Northern Railway in northern California.

Stevens Pass

Mountain pass through the Cascade Mountains located at the border of King County and Chelan County in Washington, United States.

Debris — including wrecked train cars — resulting from the Wellington Avalanche.

Albert Bowman Rogers of the Great Northern Railway, learned from Native Americans in 1887 that the Skykomish River and Nason Creek had sources close to one another but that neither natives nor whites visited the Nason Creek area.

Burlington Northern Railroad

United States-based railroad company formed from a merger of four major U.S. railroads.

Main line heading north out of Seattle, Washington along the shore of Puget Sound
Burlington Northern used fuel tenders between specially equipped locomotives in areas that lacked service facilities. BNSF has eliminated this practice with the construction of new facilities like the Hauser Refueling Facility in Idaho.
NW2 510 at Aurora, Illinois

The Burlington Northern Railroad was the product of the merger of four major railroads: the Great Northern Railway, the Northern Pacific Railway, the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.