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Two Trains: 1924

Two Trains: 1924

"Train of 1862 & 1924 Limited - Great Northern." 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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1862 & 1924

I expect the 1924 train is the Oriental Limited, Great Northern's crack transcontinental schedule of the time. The locomotive pulling it is one of GN's beautiful 4-8-2 Mountain types.

The "William Crooks" was the first locomotive in Minnesota. It was owned by the St. Paul & Pacific, which was failing miserably until a syndicate led by James J. Hill bought it and revitalized it. The StP&P eventually evolved into the Great Northern. The core members of that syndicate, by the way, became the syndicate that built the Canadian Pacific -- although Jim Hill soon withdrew because of a disagreement over route.

Identity of the Older Engine

The locomotive in the background is probably the William S. Crooks, which is on display at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota.

[Thanks for the info. It is indeed the William Crooks. - Dave]

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