By 1969, the Northern Pacific timetable has shrunk to the equivalent of eight pages and looks more like what was once called a “condensed timetable.” Unlike the 1966 timetable, this one for 1969 doesn’t have an index of stations, fares, or a lot of connecting trains in Chicago. It does show some bus routes that replaced NP branch-line trains plus a connection at Portland with the Southern Pacific to San Francisco and Los Angeles and a connection at Butte with the Union Pacific to Salt Lake City.
Trains 3 and 4, from St. Paul to somewhere in North Dakota (Jamestown in 1966) are gone. But, in addition to the North Coast Limited, Mainstreeter, and Seattle-Portland service, the timetable still shows two trains in Minnesota-North Dakota: Duluth to Staples and Fargo to Winnipeg. Surprisingly, Northern Pacific’s train from Minneapolis to Duluth, which seems like would be more popular, is gone.