Mainstreeter On-Board Stationery

The Mainstreeter was really little more than the Northern Pacific’s previous secondary train, the Alaskan, but with Diesel power and a somewhat faster schedule. Yet the schedule was still slower than the Western Star, requiring almost ten more hours to go from St. Paul to Seattle.

Click image to download a PDF of this on-board stationery.

Initially, NP tried to make the Mainstreeter appear to be a first-class operation, at least for sleeping car passengers. This on-board stationery matches that of the North Coast Limited of the same era.

Click image to download a PDF of this on-board stationery.

This letterhead dates from 1952 or 1953, as indicated by the Pine Tree color scheme on the locomotive and train. In 1953, NP would begin repainting its passenger equipment in the Raymond Loewy colors, and it isn’t likely that it would continue to use stationery with the old colors for much after that. However, the train on the envelope displays the Loewy scheme, so it must be newer than the letter.


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