Black and white aerial view showing Great Northern Railway yards in southeast Minneapolis , ca. 1921. Photograph by Paul W. Hamilton.

Aerial view showing Great Northern Railway yards in southeast Minneapolis

Aerial view showing Great Northern Railway yards in southeast Minneapolis, ca. 1921. Photograph by Paul W. Hamilton.

Black and white photograph of the Great Northern Railway trestle over Two Medicine in course of construction, ca. 1877.

The Great Northern Railway trestle over Two Medicine in course of construction

The Great Northern Railway trestle over Two Medicine in course of construction, ca. 1877.

Black and white photograph of the Great Northern Railway’s Winnipeg Limited crossing the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, ca. 1955.

Great Northern Railway’s Winnipeg Limited crossing the Stone Arch Bridge

The Great Northern Railway’s Winnipeg Limited crossing the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, ca. 1955.

Black and white photograph of Great Northern Railway diesel locomotives #2010, 2005, and 2012. Photograph by Charles R. Pearson Photography, ca. 1935–1945.

Great Northern Railway diesel locomotives #2010, 2005, and 2012

Great Northern Railway diesel locomotives #2010, 2005, and 2012, ca. 1935–1945. Photograph by Charles R. Pearson Photography.

Black and white photograph of a construction crew at work on a bridge along the right of way, 1929. Photograph by Briol Studio.

Construction crew at work on a bridge along the right of way

Construction crew at work on a bridge along the right of way, 1929. Photograph by Briol Studio.

Color image of Great Northern diesel locomotive number 400, 1966. Photograph by Myron T. Gilbertson.

Great Northern diesel locomotive number 400

Great Northern diesel locomotive number 400, 1966. Photograph by Myron T. Gilbertson.

Great Northern Railway

The Great Northern Railway was a transcontinental railroad system that extended from St. Paul to Seattle. Among the transcontinental railroads, it was the only one that used no public funding and only a few land grants. As the northernmost of these lines, the railroad spurred immigration and the development of lands along the route, especially in Minnesota.

Color image of a  Minnesota Western diesel locomotive #51, a Fairbanks-Morse H10-44.

Minnesota Western diesel locomotive

Minnesota Western diesel locomotive #51, a Fairbanks-Morse H10-44, ca. 1945–1949. Factory publicity shot from Fairbanks-Morse, the diesel manufacturer.

Black and white photograph of the Luce Line in Wirth Park, Golden Valley, Minnesota, ca. 1935–1939.

Luce Line in Wirth Park, Golden Valley, Minnesota

Looking east at gas-electric railcar about to pass under Wirth Parkway in Golden Valley, ca. 1935–1939.

Black and white scan of a Luce Electric Lines, Electric Short Line Railway Company advertisement, c. 1910.

Luce Electric Lines, Electric Short Line Railway Company advertisement

Luce Electric Lines, Electric Short Line Railway Company advertisement, c. 1910.

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