Northern Pacific Steam On-Board Stationery

Unlike the previous NP stationery from the heavyweight era, this one doesn’t mention air condition or roller bearings, so it must be from the 1920s or early 1930s.

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The image of the steam locomotive on the letterhead doesn’t show the wheels, and from the front the first NP 4-8-4 locomotives (which were built in 1927) looked very similar to the NP’s earlier 4-6-2 locomotives. One difference was in the pilot (“cowcatcher”): the 4-6-2s appear to have had more slats than the 4-8-4s, though this could change as wooden pilots were rebuilt from time to time and neither had as many as appear in the above drawing.

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This envelope is similar except for the steam locomotive. I presume they were used together in the club cars of the North Coast Limited and other fine NP trains.

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