Great Northern International in 1960

Three years after the previous brochure for this train, this brochure indicates that GN had replaced E units with F units and, more important, reduced frequencies from three trains a day to two. Where before there was one train each morning, afternoon, and evening in both directions, the evening trains have been dropped from the timetable.

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It isn’t clear from the brochure whether the train still had its round-tailed observation car in 1960, but the fact that it isn’t pictured on the cover provides a hint. Like other railroads, GN probably eliminated it eventually so it wouldn’t have to take the trouble of turning the train at each end of the trip.


Great Northern International in 1960 — 1 Comment

  1. When I was a kid, about 1968 or so, I and a buddy used to ride from Seattle up to Mt. Vernon-Burlington (a modern depot situated halfway between those 2 towns, eliminating having to stop twice in something like 5 miles) to visit his grandmother. I remember one trip coming home, there was a round-end observation on the end (If I recall correctly, it was one of the ones with the enlarged windows in the rear). The only trouble was, it wasn’t actually on the end, as they hitched the baggage car directly behind it. We went back there for a soda, and the car seemed to be filled with college students from Bellingham. There was a conductor who called the stations in a most interesting way. When we neared Edmonds, he sang “ed-MONDS, ED-monds, This way out!”. We imitated him for years after that-

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