1940s !

  • 03/06/1940 : Northern Pacific Railway's first test run of the FT diesel demonstrator engine in Washington.

  • 07/17/1940 : Great Northern Railway's last passenger train run on the Spokane, Coeur d' Alene & Palouse railroad line.

  • 09/22/1942 : President Roosevelt visits the North West Defense Plants in Washington, via the Northern Pacific Railway.

  • 07/01/1943 : Spokane, Coeur d' Alene & Palouse Railroad is absorbed by the Great Northern Railway.

  • 12/27/1943 : U.S. War Department takes control of all U.S. railroads for World War Two.

  • 03/15/1944 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway's new 39 room crew quarters building opens at Wishram, Washington.

  • 10/16/1944 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway's #910 engine makes its first run from Portland, OR to Wishram, WA.

  • 04/14/1945 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway receives its first ALCO RS-1 diesel switch engine in Washington.

  • 11/02/1946 : EMD's new F-3 demonstrator engine # 754 begins testing in Washington on the Northern Pacific Railway.

  • 02/23/1947 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway's new steamlined passenger cars begins service in Washington.

  • 02/23/1947 : Great Northern Railway's new streamlined Empire Builder passenger service begins in Washington.

  • 06/29/1947 : Milwaukee Railroad's new Olympia Hiawathe passenger train begins service in Washington.

  • 07/14/1947 : Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway's new F-3 class locomotive # 800 begins service in Washington.

  • 10/18/1947 : Great Northern Railway's 10,000th train load of apples leaves Wenatchee, Washington.

  • 02/11/1948 : Sand with a brown trim becomes the Northern Pacific Railway's standard depot paint scheme.

  • 09/20/1948 : Northern Pacific Railway's new streamlined North Coast Limited passenger service begins in Washington.

  • 12/02/1949 : Northern Pacific Railway begins renumbering its diesel locomotive fleet.

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