The Burlington Northern Railroad was a product of the merger of the Great Northern Railway, the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway in 1970. In 1996, the Burlington Northern merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to become the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.
The Burlington Northern Railroad Company Records is comprised of 3 accessions and includes Burlington Northern Railroad Company record books (1876-1971), Great Northern Railway account books (1922-1924), and a series of Northern Pacific Railway Company notebooks of photographs showing joint facilities with other railroads (1931-1935).
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public by appointment.Restrictions on Use :
The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.Preferred Citation :
Burlington Northern Railroad Company Records, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle
Arranged in 3 accesssions:
Related Materials :
The Railroad Employee Timetable Collection (Accession No. 1983.75, including several interfiled accessions) includes employee timetables for northwest United States and Canadian railroads, 1862-2000.
The James C. Mattson Collection on Northwest Railroads (Accession Nos. 1985.52, 1989.8, 1989.14, 1995.47, 1990.60, 2002.2, and 2007.48) includes photograph albums and Official List of Officers, Agents and Stations booklets from the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway AFE register copies, railroad company annual reports and northwest railroad passenger timetables.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
accession no. 1972.5375: Burlington Northern Railroad Company record books and other material, 1876-1971
10 boxes ( 5 linear feet)
Documents relating to the Burlington Northern Railroad Company and its predecessor companies: Seattle and Walla Walla Railroad, Columbia and Puget Sound Railroad Company, Pacific Coast Railroad Company and the Oregon Improvement Company. The Pacific Coast Railroad Company series includes records documenting the takeover of the PCRR by Great Northern.
2 ledger books
Thirteen 3 ring binders, each 9.25"x14", containing a photographic record of Northern Pacific joint facilities with other railroads. The photographs were taken in 1927-1929 and the notebooks prepared in 1931-1935. Each photograph is labelled with letters and numbers corresponding to features; the accompanying key includes detailed descriptions of each signal, switch, sign and track depicted. The notebooks also include copies of the text of contracts covering joint use of lines
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