Twin Peaks Usenet Archive
Subject: Re: Railroads in T P (was: Leland trapped in the '40s, again)
From: raveling@Unify.com (Paul Raveling)
Date: 1990-11-05, 17:15
In article <1990Nov5.email@example.com>,
firstname.lastname@example.org (Joseph Brennan) writes:
> > As to railroad clues: The Great Northern Hotel appears to be named
> > the Great Northern Railway, main line Minneapolis to Seattle, the
> > northerly of the USA transcontinentals. Mythical Twin Peaks, near
> > Canadian border, could plausibly have been a stopover point on the
The Great Northern mainline runs about due east from Spokane,
as does the Northern Pacific. However the GN has (or at least
had) a couple spurs in that area, and one ended pretty close
to the given site of Twin Peaks.
BTW, the Great Northern mainline takes a northern route across
Washington, going north from Seattle and turning east at Everett
to cross the Cascades. The Northern Pacific mainline runs east
from Seattle, then takes a loop around the south side of the
state, turning north at the Tri-Cities for the run to Spokane.
I don't recall for sure, but the part just east of Spokane may
be one of those stretches where these Twin Pikes run side-by-side.
> > The railroad car may even be a GN coach (or baggage car, from the
> > interior). I didn't catch a name on it. The derelict car is
> > apparently part of a tourist steam line between Snoqualmie and North
> > Bend, where the other locations are shot, and they may have some old
> > GN equipment even though the actual line was I think Milwaukee Road.
Last spring Scott Frost confirmed my suspicion about the identity
of this old rolling stock. The trouble is I no longer remember
whether my suspicion was that it belonged to the Great Northern
or the Northern Pacific.
As another minor footnote, my wife and I are about to become
docents at the California State Railroad Museum. One of the
cars in the museum that our training has emphasized is RPO
(Railway Post Office) car #42, which ran on the Empire Builder.
In passenger service the Empire Builder was Great Northern's greatest.