National Geographic : 1945 Oct
GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY BETWEEN GREAT LAKES AND PACIFIC SPECIFIC TRANNISPRT TAR REQUIRE RIGHT KINDS OF CARS OREGN WAT tATt.ArO SPECIFIC TRANSPORT JOBS REQUIRE RIGHT KINDS OF CARS Cattle, sheep and hcgs from North west farms and ranchesgo to markets in modern livestock cars. Rugged gondolas transportfuel, steel, sugar beets, sand and gravel. Military,industrial and agricultural machinery, poles and timbers move over Great Northern on heavy-duty flat cars. Diversified Equipment Marks Great Northern's Large Freight Car Fleet Like the Navy's ships, Great Northern's freight cars are of various types. Each is built for a specific transportation job. In Great Northern's freight fleet, which is doing battle duty on the Victory road these days, the familiar "box" predomi nates. An increasing number of the railway's box cars are of ply . -- r .... . i, Producers of perishable freight such as choice fruit, vegetables and fish depend upon Great Northern's mod ern refrigeratorcar service. wood-steel construction. Light and rugged, these cars are tip top for grain, finished lumber, and many other kinds of freight. Another special "breed" of rolling stock is Great Northern's 75-ton-capacity iron ore car. Thousands of these husky, hop per-type cars are required for the railway's movement of or2 from the Minnesota range to Lake Superior vessels. For safe transportation of tre mendous quantities of perish able foods from and to its territory, Great Northern pro vides a fleet of modern refriger ator cars. Great Northern's freight fleet also includes livestock cars, flat cars, gondolas and hoppers-the right kind of equipment for every kind of transport requirement. Having the right car for every job is one of the many things which make Great Northern great. Transportof iron ore is a "special delivery" job for Great Northern. Several thousandof these 75-ton-capacity ore carsarein serviceonMinnesota'sworldfamedlronRange. Great Northern pioneered quantity construction of ply wood-steel freight cars. Light, but sturdy, these cars are ideal for grain,forest products and merchandise.