This 92-page full-color 11 x 8.5 landscape format softcover has over 170 photos,120 of them featuring the GN line, most of which have never been published before. The book is a compilation of my photographs of Great Northern and Burlington Northern
 operations in Spokane's Inland Empire from the 1960s to1980s, 
with occasional forays around the Western United States prior to the 1990s.


In 1967, the Great Northern announced a new corporate makeover to “Big Sky Blue.” It was the 1960s and bright colors were “in.” To me “Blue” was more interesting than NP “Black.” Even today, the debate continues among railfans as to which railroad 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 image of every GN locomotive I could find for modeling, but then as time marched on 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 River. First scenes, without track prior to opening of the Flathead Tunnel-Libby Dam Relocation 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 north of Spokane 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”

Dale Jones Rail Diary - Western Railroads - 1960s - 1980s

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