The Great Northern Railway
- Spokane Division in Black & White
This 92-page Black & White
11 x 8.5 landscape format soft cover
book contains over 125 images
almost exclusively from the Great Northern Spokane Division. The line from
to Spokane [Hillyard] generally comprised the Spokane Division, but for
was included in the Kalispell Division. The line along the rimrocks above
Riverside State Park west of Fort Wright bounced in and out of the Spokane
and Cascade Divisions.
The transformation of the railway landscape around Spokane began in March
with the Burlington Northern merger, next was the introduction of Amtrak in
and perhaps the most significant change in the early 1970s was the
demolition of the Great Northern and Union Pacific stations in downtown
Spokane to make way for the boondoggle
called Expo74. Included in the book are photographs from 1971/72 Latah
Creek Bridge connection to the former GN mainline near Lyons. The final blow
to the Great Northern mainline happened in April 1984 when the segment from
Dean to Newport through Scotia Canyon
was abandoned, severing forever Jim Hill’s transcontinental line completed
I was on hand and photographed the very last revenue trains on both the
Riverside State Park
and Scotia Canyon lines.
I digitized my entire collection of black & white negatives as the
foundation for this book.
This book is printed in black and white as a bittersweet testament to
The Great Northern Railway – Spokane Division.