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|List of Abbreviations|
|Pt. I||1856 to 1916|
|1||The First Ten Miles||2|
|2||Frustrated by Finance||5|
|4||Northern Pacific Interlude||18|
|5||Legislation and Litigation||25|
|6||The Associates Gain Control||28|
|8||Consolidations and Adjustments||49|
|9||From Butte to Buffalo||54|
|10||Tensions in Finance||66|
|11||On to Puget Sound||72|
|12||Creating an Empire||85|
|13||Developing the Northwest||99|
|14||Men and Mallets||108|
|15||Locals, Limiteds, and Liners||121|
|16||Corporate Structure and Finance||130|
|17||"Leading the Band"||136|
|Pt. II||1916 to 1970|
|18||World War I and the USRA||148|
|19||Of Good News and Bad||155|
|20||Polishing the Operation||162|
|21||Passenger Business and Change||172|
|22||Expansion and Development||182|
|23||An Attempted Merger||191|
|25||The Tangled Ways of Finance||199|
|26||Traffic and Profits in Adversity||207|
|27||The Pressures of War - Again||216|
|28||Labor-Management Relations in Depression and War||230|
|29||Prosperity Under Stress||238|
|30||John Budd and a Changing Environment||248|
|31||Labor Tensions and Personnel Policies||256|
|32||Economic Development Programs||261|
|33||SD45s and Univac III||267|
|34||"No Sacred Cows - or Goats"||278|
|35||The Last Spike is Never Driven||294|
|App. A||Original Track-laying Record||318|
|App. B||Track Removals||325|
|App. C||Great Northern Railway: Ruling Grades on Main Freight Routes||328|
|App. D||Northern Pacific: Main Line Ruling Grades Minneapolis - Seattle||328|
|Bibliography and Notes on Sources||329|
This book is fully worth the price it costs. If you are a GN fan or doing research on the GN Rwy. and need a plethora of information about the GN and the fight to get through or over the Cascade Mountains, then this is the one to get. It is printed extremely well, clear pictures and type. Even the front and rear covers are of thick paper stock with a glossy face on them and will last for many years.
Historically correct in all ways that I know of, I even ran across some surprises that I did not know about GN and the Cascades. This is truly a well written, researched book. It is easy to understand what is written or intended therein.
The authors and their assistants should be congratulated on a superior job well done involving the trials and tribulations involved for the GN Rwy., also GN's workers and officers alike, are well understood what they had to go through.
It was absolutely not an easy task by any means. At times, it was deadly for them. Fighting the elements in the mountains, tunneling, fighting wild animals, living in tight conditions, cutting down thousands of trees to be used for rail ties, bridges and buildings, also to open areas for excavating the terrain for the new trackway, to depots along with some new towns to crop up along the way. Meetings with GN officials and surveyors, to figure out their plans of finanancing and doing the almost impossible task of running a railroad through the Cascades. It was done with the literal sweat and blood, plus the loss of life occasionally from any number of things that could happen in the wilds while building this northern most transcontinental rail system.
Many people do not know that the "Northern" in the current day Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), came from the merger of the GN and Burlington Railroads back in 1970.
Worth the price of the book? Positively-Absolutely! I wondered myself if it was money wasted and when I got the book, I could hardly wait to read through it each day to understand what went on with the GN Rwy. Company. I have read it 4 times now and have used it in my research for referencing in other areas to expand on more knowledge of what happened with James Jerome Hill's "Empire Builder" railroad. You will not be sorry you purchased it. Enjoy!!
Posted March 28, 2004
This is a wonderful book covering the in-depth history of the Great Northern Railway. I have several other books covering the G.N., and this book includes 'new' information and photos not included in the other books. I have been anxious to acquire this book before, but was hesitant to spend the amount asked for in used book shops, etc. This book is excellent for both it's text and photos. If you are a Great Northern fan, this is a wonderful research resource or book to be read for pleasure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.