Guest post by Frederick Manfred Simon.
F9A 6703A was delivered as 7010D to the Northern Pacific in 1956 and later retrofitted with a steam boiler for passenger service. Hence the two-tone green passenger scheme. The bright red 30-foot pre-WWII wood tounge and grove Great Northern caboose X-320 with the iconic rocky mountain goat "Safety First" logo was built at GN's vast St. Cloud, MN shops. These well preserved (the F9A is fully operational) relics of rival railways are part of an extensive and impressive collection of historical rolling stock on display at the Inland Northwest Rail Museum's new, multi-million dollar facility just west of Reardan, WA, 25 miles west of Spokane, WA. I highly recommend a visit.
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