Northern Pacific's Mainstreeter


The Mainstreeter

The Mainstreeter was inaugurated in 1952 as Northern Pacific’s second transcontinental passenger train.  In 1948, as new lightweight cars were purchased for the North Coast Limited, the older heavyweights went on to serve on the Mainstreeter.  They were also used on other overnight trains, pool trains, and held in reserve for ‘standbys’ during heavy traffic seasons. It was originally painted in the ‘Pine Tree’ scheme, then the Loewy paint scheme, which was first used in 1952 and lasted until the BN merger in 1970.

What follows, will be rail cars that served in this capacity. On the…

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