The Great Northern Railway Through Time takes us on a tour of the American Northwest―the last American frontier―from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington. The Great Northern opened up the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, the dramatic Cascade Mountains of Washington and the Continental Divide at Marias Pass. President James J. Hill intended the Great Northern to be a freighthauling road, but tourists riding on the GN’s premier passenger train, The Empire Builder were delighted by the prairie, the farmland, the Big Sky Country, the mountains, and Glacier National Park.
The G.N.’s reputation grew. Today, Amtrak’s Empire Builder traverses the same territory. The Great Northern Railway Through Time presents photos taken over the course of seventyfive years by photographers of the era. The author has provided ample photo captions pointing out features that have changed over the years and features that have stayed the same. The early photos are fresh―never before published. The more recent shots were made by twenty of America’s finest rail enthusiast photographers.
Fr. Dale Peterka, ordained a Catholic priest in 1968, has taught in the classroom, served as a pastor and as a hospital chaplain in Cincinnati. He has written articles and made presentations about railroad history and has taught courses in photography. A member of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society for thirtythree years, Fr. Dale has explored the Great Northern line between St. Paul and Seattle by car, by motorcycle, by air and by train.
235 x 165 mm - paperback - 96 pages - 92 color and 92 black-and-white photographs