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- Transcontinentals -

 

The timelines below show Great Northern's transcontinental name-trains and the years they operated, arranged by historic relationship. (For legend see below).

 

 

Primary transcontinentals

  Name   Route

Note

18

85

18

90

18

95

19

00

19

05 19 10 19 15 19 20 19 25 19 30 19

35

19

40

19

45

19

50

19

55

19

60

19

65

19

70
 

Montana

Express

 

 

St. Paul-Butte

v.v.

 

1

 

 

 

 

'88  

 

 

35/36

 

 

 

 

 '07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Limited

 

 

 

St. Paul-Seattle

v.v.

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

'93  

3/4

     '99  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great

Northern

Flyer

 

St. Paul-Seattle

v.v.

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

3

'99

/4    1/2

'03 '0

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great

Northern

Limited

 

St. Paul-Seattle

v.v.

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

'0

/2

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oriental

Limited

 

 

St. Paul-Seattle

v.v.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'0

  1/2

5    '09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oriental

Limited

 

 

Chicago-St. Paul-

Seattle/Tacoma

v.v.

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'09

 

 

1/

 

2

 

 

'29 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empire

Builder

 

 

Chicago-St. Paul-

Seattle/Portland

v.v.

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'29

 

 

 

 

 1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

'56  

31/32

 

 

'7

 

 

0

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18

85

18

90

18

95

19

00

19

05 19 10 19 15 19 20 19 25 19 30 19

35

19

40

19

45

19

50

19

55

19

60

19

65

19

70

 

Notes:

1. The Montana Express was inaugurated in 1888 by the St.PM&M which became the GN in 1889. Some sources indicate 1904 as discontinue date.

2. The Limited name was used starting in 1895. Before that the train was only known by its number-pair 3/4.

3. The Great Northern Flyer ("Carries the Pacific Fast Mail") was superceded by the Great Northern Limited in October 1905.

4. The name Great Northern Limited was only used from October 1905 to December 5, 1905. 

5. The Oriental Limited was operated by the USRA between May 26, 1918 and May 30, 1920 and did not carry its name during that period.

6. In April 1956 the Empire Builder was assigned numbers 31/32 for the entire Chicago-Seattle route, the same number pair as used on the CB&Q.

 

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  Secondary transcontinentals
  Name   Route

Note

18

85

18

90

18

95

19

00

19

05 19 10 19 15 19 20 19 25 19 30 19

35

19

40

19

45

19

50

19

55

19

60

19

65

19

70
 

Puget Sound

Express

 

 

St. Paul-Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

'03  

 

'06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern

Express

 

 

Seattle-St. Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

'03  

 

'06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast Mail

 

 

 

St. Paul-Seattle

v.v.

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/4

'06   '1

 

 

0

                     

 

 

Fast Mail

 

 

 

St. Paul-Seattle

v.v.

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 '09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27/28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'6

 

 

0

 

 

Oregonian

 

 

 

St. Paul-Portland

v.v.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

'1

/4

0 '11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregonian

 

 

 

St. Paul-

Seattle/Portland

v.v.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/4  

'11  '1

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glacier Park

Limited

 

 

St. Paul-Seattle

v.v.

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'1

 

5

3/4

 

 

'29

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oriental

Limited

 

 

Chicago-St. Paul-

Seattle v.v.

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

'29

/4

  '31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oriental

Limited

 

 

Chicago-St. Paul-

Seattle/Portland

v.v.

3

 

 

                         

3/

'47

4

'51

       

 

Western

Star

 

 

Chicago-St. Paul-

Seattle/Portland

v.v.

4

 

 

                           

 

 '51

3/4

 

 

'6

27/28

0       '7

 

 

0

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18

85

18

90

18

95

19

00

19

05 19 10 19 15 19 20 19 25 19 30 19

35

19

40

19

45

19

50

19

55

19

60

19

65

19

70

 

Notes:

1. The Fast Mail name for trains 3/4 was changed to Oregonian on July 3, 1910. A new train carrying numbers 27/28 was inaugurated on October 4, 1909 to carry mail. After the Fast Mail name was dropped on trains 3/4, trains 27/28 became known as the Fast Mail.

2. The Glacier Park Limited was operated by the USRA between May 26, 1918 and May 30, 1920 and was not operated west of Havre, MT during that period.

3. Train numbers 3/4 and the Oriental Limited name were not used between 1931 and 1947.

4. In May 1960 the Western Star and Fast Mail were consolidated into one train carrying the Western Star name and Fast Mail's numbers 27/28.

 

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Legend: 

Grey bars show the period in which a train operated. The numbered Notes give more information on certain changes in a trains history. Trains that operated in both directions are indicated by "v.v." behind the route.

 

 

'15

= Year in which a train was inaugurated or when important changes were implemented.

 

'31

= Year in which a train was discontinued or after which important changes were implemented.

1/2

 

= Train numbers.

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GN Steam Roster P-2 Class - Great Northern Empire

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Built:

Between 9/1923 and 10/1923

Cylinders:

29"x28"

Engine weight:

365,600 lbs.

 

Builder:

Baldwin Locomotive Works

Driver diameter:

73"

Weight on drivers:

242,000 lbs.

 

Number series:

2500-2527

Boiler pressure:

Design: 210 psi.

Operating: 200 psi.

Tractive effort:

54,840 lbs.

 

GN#

BUILDER

BUILDER#

BUILT

DISPOSITION

REMARKS 

2500 BLW 57000 9/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 5/9/1955

 
2501 BLW 57001 9/1923

Retired 4/1955

 
2502 BLW 57002 9/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 4/19/1956

 
2503 BLW 57084 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 5/9/1955

 
2504 BLW 57085 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 5/9/1955

 
2505 BLW 57182 10/1923

Retired 12/1957

Received booster (12,200 lb. T.E.) late 1940s.
2506 BLW 57183 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 10/7/1955

Received booster (12,200 lb. T.E.) late 1940s.
2507 BLW 57184 10/1923

Retired 12/1957. Sold to SP&S for display at Maryhill, WA. Dedicated 9/3/1966.

Moved to Pasco, WA in an unsuccessful restoration effort.

Repainted 10/2002 and moved to Wishram, WA 7/2003.

On display at Wishram, WA

Painted black
2508 BLW 57185 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 10/7/1955

 
2509 BLW 57186 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 10/7/1955

 
2510 BLW 57187 10/1923

Retired 12/1957

 
2511 BLW 57188 10/1923

Retired 12/1957

 
2512 BLW 57189 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 10/7/1955

 
2513 BLW 57190 10/1923

Retired 4/1958

 
2514 BLW 57256 10/1923

Retired 3/1958

 
2515 BLW 57257 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Duluth Iron & Metal Company 10/7/1955

 
2516 BLW 57258 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Duluth Iron & Metal Company 10/7/1955

 
2517 BLW 57339 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Duluth Iron & Metal Company 4/19/1956

 
2518 BLW 57012 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Duluth Iron & Metal Company 5/9/1955

 
2519 BLW 57253 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 4/19/1956

 
2520 BLW 57340 10/1923

Retired 12/1957

 
2521 BLW 57341 10/1923

Retired 12/1957

 
2522 BLW 57342 10/1923

Sold for scrap to West End Iron & Metal Company 8/16/1956

 
2523 BLW 57343 10/1923

Retired 4/1958. Donated to the City of Willmar, MN 10/7/1965.

On display at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar, MN

Painted Glacier Green
2524 BLW 57344 10/1923

Retired 4/1958

 
2525 BLW 57345 10/1923

Retired 12/1957

 
2526 BLW 57346 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Paper Calmenson & Company 5/9/1955

 
2527 BLW 57347 10/1923

Sold for scrap to Duluth Iron & Metal Company 4/19/1956

 
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