DALE JONES PHOTO DIARY – WESTERN RAILROADS 1960s – 1980s.
This 92-page full-color
11 x 8.5 landscape format full
softcover has over 170 photos,
120 of them featuring the GN line, most of which have never been published
The book is a compilation of my photographs of Great Northern and BN
in Spokane's Inland Empire from the 1960s to 1980s,
with occasional forays around
the Western United States prior to the 1990s.
1967, the Great Northern announced a new corporate makeover to “Big Sky
It was the 1960s and bright colors were “in.” To me “Blue” was more
than NP “Black.” Even today, the debate continues among railfans as to which
had the “best” paint schemes, Northern Pacific or Great Northern.
In any case, I became a Great Northern fan.At first I wanted to record an
of every GN locomotive I could find for modeling, but then
as time marchedon toward the Burlington Northern merger,
I felt the need to document everything Great Northern before it was gone.
On pages 58 and 59, trace the changes on the “Then and Now” Riverview/Fisher
First scenes, without track prior to opening of the Flathead Tunnel-Libby
in 1970 and then later 30-years later with trains.
You’ll also see images of the very last Burlington Northern train
in Scotia Canyon before abandonment in April 1984.
Visit the last days of the Great Northern/Burlington Northern grade
above Riverside Park west of Fort Wright before abandonment circa 1972.
Here’s what one reviewer states, “What a
great piece of work, I have given
your book a heads up with the GOAT [an
online discussion] group”
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