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Preserved Great Northern Observation Cars

 

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CURRENT

OWNER

LOCATION

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1057

Not available

Steel sheathed- Wood Compartment Observation

1905 by Barney & Smith 

7317

7701

1057

03149 MOW

To BN 1970.

 

West Coast Railway Heritage

Park

Squamish, B.C., Canada

 

1083

'Twin Cities'

Not available

Streamlined heavyweight Buffet-parlor-

observation

1920 by Pullman as parlor car PLM 'Cornelia' 

1083

Acquired by GN in 1942 and converted to coach.

Converted

to parlor

car 1945

1083 'Twin Cities' 

Rebuilt 1952 by GN as buffet-parlor-

observation

car for Badger/

Gopher service. 

- - To BN 1970. Converted to 

BN B9 Track Geometry Car 1973-74. To BNSF. Retired 04/2003

BNSF Topeka, KS Reportedly for sale

1084

'Twin Ports'

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Photos taken May 2003 by Eric Hopp

Streamlined heavyweight Buffet-parlor-

observation

1920 by Pullman as parlor car PLM 'Natalie' 

1084

Acquired by GN in 1942 and converted to coach.

Converted

to parlor

car 1945

1084 'Twin Ports' 

Rebuilt 1952 by GN as buffet-parlor-

observation

car for Badger/

Gopher service. 

-

-

To BN 1970. Used for spare parts for BN B9

Track Geometry Car. Sold to MTM 1979.

 

Minnesota Transpor-

tation Museum

 

St. Paul, MN

 

1090

Not available

Wood Parlor-observation

1905 by Barney & Smith

 

 

1090

03296

MOW

To BN 1970 as BN 968129 MOW

 

West Coast Railway Heritage

Park

Squamish, B.C., Canada

 

1195 

'Port of Seattle'

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Photos taken October 17, 2004

29 Parlor seats-1 bedroom-lounge- observation 5/1950 by American Car & Foundry 1195 'Port of Seattle' - - -

To BN (1195) 1970. To AMTK 3770, 1971. Sold to Keystone Country Furniture in the early 1980s. Sold 7/2004.

Keystone Country
Furniture
Aspers, PA Burned 11/11/2005. Fate to be determined.

1196  

'Port of Vancouver'

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Photo taken July 19, 2002

29 Parlor seats-1 bedroom-lounge- observation

5/1950 by American Car & Foundry

1196 'Port of Vancouver'

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-

-

To BN (1196) 1970. To AMTK 3771, 1971. Sold to Peter Schultz after 1975. To Larry Milsow 3/1979. 

 

Larry Milsow

Yardley yard

Spokane, WA

 

Renamed 'City of Spokane'.

1290

'Appekunny Mountain'

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Photo taken February 16, 1995 by Sheldon Perry

2 Roomette-buffet-

lounge-observation

10/1950 by American Car & Foundry

1290

'Appekunny Mountain'

 

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-

-

To BN (1200) 1970. Now at CANR as Business Car #1 'Appekunny Mountain' 

California Northern Railroad Napa, CA Painted in California Northern colors.

1291

'St. Nicholas

Mountain'

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Photo taken October 8, 2007

2 Roomette-buffet-

lounge-observation

11/1950 by American Car & Foundry

1291 'St. Nicholas Mountain'

CB&Q 1291 'St. Nicholas 

Mountain'

Sold to CB&Q in the 1953 Empire Builder mileage equalization.

-

-

Retired 1971. To Andy's Tukwila Station Restaurant, Tukwila, WA 1974. To Northern Central Railway #1291 'St. Nicholas Mountain' 1995. To Ben Ringnalda as RPCX 1291 'St. Nicholas Mountain' 6/23/2004

Ben Ringnalda

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad shops, Ridgeley, WV

Restoration to original condition underway. See the restoration website

1292 'Going-

to-the-Sun Mountain'

 

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Photos taken September 16, 2005 by Peter Hansen

2 Roomette-buffet-

lounge-observation

12/1950 by American Car & Foundry

1292 'Going-

to-the-Sun

Mountain'

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-

-

To BN (1201) 1970. Henry Castro 'Great Northern bar', Milwaukee, WI 1987-2002. To Kansas City Union Station 8/28/2004

 

Kansas City Union Station Kansas City, MO

In largely original condition. On public display.

1293

'Cathedral Mountain'

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Photos taken July 15, 2004 by Sheldon Perry

2 Roomette-buffet-

lounge-observation

1/1951 by American Car & Foundry

1293

'Cathedral Mountain'

 

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-

-

To BN (1202) 1970. To Empire Builder Antiques.

Empire Builder Antiques Walla Walla, WA Without trucks.

1294

'Trempealeau Mountain'

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Photo taken June 12, 2003 by Lindsay Korst

2 Roomette-buffet-

lounge-observation

2/1951 by American Car & Foundry

1294 'Trempealeau Mountain'

- -

-

To BN (1203) 1970. Retired 1971. To Andy's Tukwila Station Restaurant, Tukwila, WA 1974. Sold to private individual.

Private owner

Washington state Car has large holes cut in both sides. Undergoing restoration.

7575 'Litchfield'

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Photo taken by Scott White from the collection of Jan Girardot

Wood Diner- lounge-observation

9/23/1888 by Barney & Smith St.PM&M 503

7575  'Litchfield'

10/4/1907

03268 MOW bunk car

1/6/1927

- To BN 1970. Retired 1/1982 and sold to Don Stott of Silverton, CO. To John & Diane Tutt of Telluride, CO. To private owner, Portland, OR 2003 Private owner Portland, OR

Restored

in and out.

For sale through D.F. Barnhardt & Associates

BN numbers were assigned but often not applied. Cars with BN numbers shown within brackets are not confirmed to have worn that number.
Copyright 2005 Ben Ringnalda