North Coast Limited Dining Car Brochure

This undated brochure doesn’t mention air conditioning or roller bearings, suggesting that it was printed before the mid-1930s. Northern Pacific was proud of its dining car service, having been the first transcontinental railway to offer a dining car on its trains (as documented in the book, Dining Car Line to the Pacific).


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In 1909, NP introduced the “Great Big Baked Potato,” spuds grown mainly in Washington’s Yakima Valley that averaged 4 pounds in size. These became the railway’s signature dish, and the above brochure notes that the railway’s diners served 90 tons of red meat and 50 tons of poultry, but 265 tons of Great Big Potatoes each year.


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