Northern Pacific North Coast Limited in its first post-war paint scheme


In my November 1951 Official Guide the North Coast Limited was still on its three-nights in each direction schedule, even though its competitors, the Empire Builder and the Olympian Hiawatha were on two-night schedules. The North Coast Limited would begin its two-night schedule on November 16, 1952 according to William R. Kuebler, Jr., author of The Vista-dome North Coast Limited. It would be late 1954 before its domes and its new paint scheme arrived. I have a booklet about the Vista-dome North Coast Limited, which I’ll post much of when I come to it as I go through the boxes housing my collection, but for now I reached into my postcard collection just to add second railroad into today’s posts. The post card, Lynn E. Cox, Sacramento, credits Burlington Northern for the photo and says the train is skirting Lake Cocolalla, west of Sandpoint, Idaho.

The Ray Nixon photo below is reproduced from Kuebler’s book and shows the train in August 1959 westbound with fourteen cars climbing Homestake Pass, Montana.


This entry was posted in Northern Pacific North Coast Limited and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Northern Pacific North Coast Limited in its first post-war paint scheme

  1. Richard Salcer says:

    Would like to see more color photos of NP varnish in the Pine Tree scheme

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s