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.
Would like to see more color photos of NP varnish in the Pine Tree scheme
Eventually I’ll come to more in my collection. Always interesting to try to picture a train and imagine riding it. I find interior shots are the hardest to come by.