North Western Pacific Railroad

From Dominion of British Columbia
North Western Pacific Railroad
BC Headquarters 400 Railway Avenue
Salmo SO1 1ZL
AAR reporting mark NWP, CMNW, SP
Locale BC; western, central and southern United States
Track gauge 4' 8½" standard gauge
Route length 139.6 miles in BC
Electrification 25kV 60 Hz AC, 41.1 miles in BC
Predecessors Chicago, Milwaukee & North Western Railroad,
Southern Pacific Railroad

The North Western Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark NWP) is an American railway company operating 139.6 miles of railway in British Columbia, primarily in the Kootenay region. The NWP provides both passenger and freight services.

The North Western Pacific is one of the major railway companies of North America, along with the empires of the the Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Union Pacific, Burlington Northern & Gulf, Santa Fe Southern, Chesapeake Southern, Pennsylvania Seaboard, New York Western, etc. It is the only directly American-owned railway company to own and operate trackage in BC since the creation of the Washington & British Columbia Railway in 1937.

History

The North Western Pacific Railroad was formed in 1998 through the merger of the Chicago, Milwaukee & North Western Railroad and the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Motive power and rolling stock

Classification

The locomotive classification system used by the Chicago, Milwaukee & North Western was retained by the NWP. Originally based on the Milwaukee Road's classification system for electric locomotives (of which the CM&NW were a continuation), the CM&NW opted to abandon the Milwaukee's more complex scheme used for diesel locomotives, replacing it instead with that used for electrics. The first letter indicates propulsion - D for "diesel", E for "electric"; the second letter indicates function - F for "freight", P for "passenger", R for "remote" (used for cabless slugs/"calf" units; these use the same sequential class number as their "cow" units), and S for "switcher" ("shunter", in BC parlance); this is followed by a sequential class number, continuing on from where CM&NW numbering left off. Following the merger of the CM&NW and the Southern Pacific, the NWP decided to retain the CM&NW system, and former SP engines were reclassified.

Diesel locomotives

  • Bold text indicates a class in service.
Road numbers Class Wheel arr. Total Acquired from Year No. in
service
Notes
CM&NW SP
new
Acquired Retired
1–76 DP-6 B-B 76 0 0 76 2017–2019 - i.s.
50–54 DP-2 B-B 5 5 0 0 2000 2017 0
100–131 DS-15 B-B 32 0 0 32 2005–2006 - 32
150–161 DS-16 B-B 12 0 0 12 2015 - 12
200–301 DS-17 B-B 56+46 0 0 56+46 2018–2023 - 56 46 more on order to be delivered 2024–2026
500–665 DS-14 B-B 166 0 166 0 2000 2018–i.s. 131 All to be retired by 2026
666–669 DS-13 B-B 4 0 4 0 2000 2002 0
700–763 DS-16a B-B 64 64 0 0 2000 - 64 To be re-engined 2022–2025
770–793 DS-16b B-B 23 14 9 0 2000 - 23 To be retired by 2025
800–856 DS-16a B-B 57 0 57 0 2000 - 57 To be re-engined 2022–2025
900–902 DR-13 B-B 3 0 3 0 2000 2012 0 Calf units converted by SP from SW1200
1000–1143 DF-42c C-C 144 0 0 144 2012–2016 - 144
1200–1323 DF-42d C-C 124 0 0 124 2018–2023 - 124 62 more on order (1324–1385)
2100–2173 DF-39 C-C 74 74 0 0 2000 2009–i.s. 51
2175–2177 DF-40 C-C 3 3 0 0 2000 2002 0
2199–2299 DF-41b C-C 101 0 101 0 2000 - 101
2300–2429 DF-41a C-C 130 130 0 0 2000 - 130
2500–2659 DF-42a C-C 160 160 0 0 2000 - 160
2700–2876 DF-42b C-C 337 0 277 60 2000, 2002–2004 - 277 2877–2936 new for NWP
3000–3105 DF-30a C-C 33 33 0 0 2000 2001–2003 0
3150–3292 DF-30b C-C 143 0 143 0 2000 2017–i.s. 17 to be retired by 2025
3300–3408 DF-30c C-C 109 0 109 0 2000 2013–2019 0
3500-3597 DF-30d C-C 98 0 98 0 2000 2015-i.s. 73
4000-4013 DF-25b C-C 14 0 0 0 2000 2001–2002 0
4020–4030 DF-26b C-C 11 0 11 0 2000 2002–2003 0
4040 DF-26c C-C 1 0 1 0 2000 2003 0
4050–4072 DF-26d C-C 11 11 0 0 2000 2001–2003 0
4100 DF-48a C-C 1 0 1 0 2000 2001 0
4110–4119 DF-48b C-C 10 0 10 0 2000 2013–2014 0
4200–4406 DF-29b C-C 207 207 0 0 2000 2001–i.s. 128
4600–4625 DF-35 C-C 17 17 0 0 2000 2002–2008 0
4650–4665 DF-36 C-C 16 10 6 0 2000 - 10 4650–4659 ex CM&NW, 4660–4665 ex SP
4670–4671 DF-49 C-C 2 0 2 0 2000 2004 0
4680–4689 DF-28 C-C 10 10 0 0 2000 2003–2005 0
4900–4982 DF-29c C-C 83 0 83 0 2000 2007–i.s. 61
5000–5230 DF-29d C-C 231 0 231 0 2000 2006–2013 0
5300–5521 DF-29e C-C 222 0 222 0 2000 2013–i.s. 177
5550 DF-30e C-C 1 0 1 0 2000 2004 0
5700–5734 DF-37 C-C 35 35 0 0 2000 2016–i.s. 29
5800–5955 DF-38 C-C 156 156 0 0 2000 2015–i.s. 141
6100–6114 DF-44 B-B 12 0 12 0 2000 2009–is 4
6200–6326 DF-45 B-B 127 0 127 0 2000 2007-16 0
6000–6039 DF-46 B-B 40 0 40 0 2000 2009–2013 0
6300–6350 DF-47 B-B 51 0 51 0 2000 2008–2014 0
7200–7287 DF-8a B-B 1 1 0 0 2000 2001 0
7300–7388 DF-8b B-B 3 3 0 0 2000 2001 0
7500–7557 DF-9c B-B 12 4 0 0 2000 2001–2004 0
7560–7584 DF-10 B-B 10 10 0 0 2000 2001 0
7600–7651 DF-12a B-B 14 14 0 0 2000 2001–2003 0
7652 DF-12b B-B 1 0 1 0 2000 2002 0
7670–7682 DF-9c B-B 12 0 8 0 2000 2001–2004 0
7690–7699 DF-9d B-B 10 0 10 0 2000 2002–2003 0
7700–7712 DF-14b B-B 13 0 13 0 2000 2003–2004 0
7715–7716 DF-14c B-B 2 0 2 0 2000 2002 0
7800–7858 DF-15a B-B 59 0 59 0 2000 2011–i.s. 33
7940–7944 DF-15a B-B 45 45 0 0 2000 2011–i.s. 31
8000–8108 DF-16a B-B 107 107 0 0 2000 2002–i.s. 23 Being retired; 66 rblt to GP40M-2 standard 2008–2013
8200–8211 DF-15b B-B 12 12 0 0 2000 - 12
8300–8383 DF-16b B-B 84 0 84 0 2000 2009–2018 0 28 rblt to GP40M-2 standard 2008-13
8400–8444 DF-16c B-B 45 0 45 0 2000 - 45
8450–8452 DF-16d B-B 3 0 3 0 2000 2010 0
8455–8461 DF-16e B-B 7 0 7 0 2000 2015 0
8470–8553 DF-16c B-B 94 0 0 94 2008–2013 - 94 8470–8553 rebuilt by NWP from 8000–8108 and 8300–8383 2008–2013
9000–9043 DF-51 C-C 44 0 0 44 2000–2001 - 44 14 ordered 1999 by CM&NW, delivered to NWP
9100–9235 DF-50b C-C 136 0 0 136 2008–2014 - 136
9600–9794 DF-38 B-B 191 0 191 0 2000 2007–is 169
9800–9824 DF-50a C-C 25 0 25 0 2000 - 25
9900–9909 DR-99 B-B 10 0 10 0 2000 2006–is 3
12000–12007 DF-31b C-C 8 8 0 0 2000 2017 0 GE U30C rebuilt by Vancouver Locomotive Works, used on BC lines
12100–12103 DF-32b C-C 4 4 0 0 2000 2017 0 GE U33C rebuilt by Vancouver Locomotive Works, used on BC lines
12200–12203 DF-33b C-C 4 4 0 0 2000 2017 0 GE U36C rebuilt by Vancouver Locomotive Works, used on BC lines

Electric locomotives

  • Bold text indicates a class in service.
Road numbers Class Wheel arr. Total Acquired from Year No. in
service
Notes
CM&NW SP
new
Acquired Retired
E2000–E2079 EF-6 C-C 80 80 0 0 2000 2003–2007 0 Same as Virginian class EL-C; freight locomotives
E2100–E2163 EF-7 C-C 64 28 36 0 2000 2010–2014 0 Same as Pennsylvania Railroad class E44; freight locomotives
E400–E471 ES-5 B-B 70 34 36 0 2000 2002–2005 0 Electric version of EMD SW1200; shunters
E1100–E1197 EP-6 B-B-B 98 56 42 0 2000 2017–2021 0 VLW-built version of Japanese class EF66; universal locomotives but classified as passenger
E4100–E4171 EF-8 C-C 82 16 66 0 2000 2015–2020 0 Freight locomotives
E4000–E4059 EF-9 B-B-B 60 16 44 0 2000 2017–2020 0 Freight locomotives
E2300–E2333 EF-10 C-C 44 44 0 0 2000 2018–i.s. 0 Improved version of GE E44; freight locomotives.
E200–E283 ES-6 B-B 84 44 25 15 2000–2002 - 84 Same as BCR class EC11 (similar to Hungarian class V46) built by VLW
E2400–2484 EF-11 C-C 85 85 0 0 2000 - 85 Freight locomotives
E3000–E3094 EF-14 B-B+B-B 95 0 0 95 2016–2020 - 95 Bombardier Iore heavy freight locomotives, same as CPR EF-72
E4200–E4227 EF-12 C-C 28 28 0 0 2000 - 28 Freight locomotives
E7000–E7034 EP-7 B-B 35 0 35 0 2000 2018–2021 0 Passenger locomotives, same as Amtrak class AEM-7
E8000–E8035 EP-8 B-B 36 0 36 0 2000 - 36 Same as NJ Transit class ALP44-M, passenger locomotives
E9000–E9076 EP-9 B-B 77 0 0 77 2016–2020 - 77 Same as Amtrak/SEPTA Siemens ACS-64
E9100–E9167 EF-13 B-B 168 0 0 168 2014–2022 - 168 Freight version of Siemens ACS-64

Network

The following lines are part of the British Columbia District; many of these lines cross the border into Washington state and some are completely within it, but nevertheless they are part of the BC District.

BC District Western Division

66.9 miles (15.1 miles in BC), all electrified, 9.2 miles freight only

Mission (CP)–Matsqui (BCR)–Abbotsford (BCH, W&BC)–Huntingdon (BCH)–Sumas, WA (BN&G, W&BC)–Everson Jct, WABellingham, WA (BN&G, W&BC)–Fairhaven, WA,
Lynden Branch: 4.9 miles, electrified, freight only
Everson Jct, WA–Lynden, WA
North Poplar Branch: 4.3 miles, electrified, freight only
Abbotsford–North Poplar
Sumas, WA–Glacier, WA

BC District Eastern Division

497.8 miles (123.6 miles in BC), 20.4 miles freight only + 38.8 miles closed (in BC)

Coeur d'Alene, ID (BN&G, SI, W&BC)–Clark Fork, ID (BN&G)–East Troy, MT (BN&G)–Jennings, MT (BN&G)–Eureka, MT (BN&G)–Elko (CP)–Mount Broadwood JctFlathead (Elko–Michel section closed 1929.)
Coeur d'Alene, ID (BN&G, SI, W&BC)–Rathdrum, ID (BN&G)–Spirit Lake, IDNewport, WA (BN&G)–Salmo (W&BC)–Castlegar (BCR),
Spokane Branch: 43.4 miles
Spirit Lake, ID–Spokane, WA (BN&G, SI, W&BC)
Mount Broadwood Jct–Outlier Ridge

Passenger Services

The NWP operates passenger trains in service types ranging from Limited Express trains making very few intermediate stops down to Local services making stops at all stations and stops with passenger service. All NWP passenger trains are international services; in terms of network size, it operates the most extensive system of passenger trains of any major railway in the United States, and is one of only a few Class I railways in the US that operates its own passenger trains, rather than delegating them to Amtrak.

The various categories of passenger service are defined by the Ministry of Labour, Industry & Railways in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport & Communications; these categories are applicable to and used by all railways providing passenger service in British Columbia.

Like all other railways in BC, ticket prices for NWP passenger trains in BC are based on the Ministry's Schedule of Railway Fares.

Limited Express

The W&BC operates one Limited Express service, the International Hiawatha running between Vancouver and Chicago, Illinois, featuring full-service dining cars open to first and second class passengers, sleeping cars (first class) and sleeperette cars (second class), as well as baggage handling, free of charge for first class passengers, or for a surcharge for second class passengers. This train may be used for domestic travel within BC, but for travel between three or fewer domestic stops a surcharge is applied (this restriction is not applicable to travel in the US).

  • 131/132 International Hiawatha (NWP/BC Rail): Vancouver, BC (Pacific Central) – Chicago, Illinois, USA
Twice-weekly service with eastbound trains departing Vancouver on Wednesdays and Saturdays, westbound trains leaving Chicago on Tuesdays and Fridays; all trains consist of NWP consists. This train runs over the trackage of the BC Rail between Vancouver and Castlegar, and over NWP trackage between Castlegar and Chicago; locomotive changes take place in Castlegar.
Intermediate stops:
BC: Hope, Princeton, Penticton, Grand Forks, Castlegar, Salmo, Nelway (BC and US customs checks)
Washington: Metaline Falls, Newport
Idaho: Spirit Lake
Washington: Spokane
Idaho: St Maries
Montana: Alberton, Missoula, Butte, Harlowton, Miles City
South Dakota: Morristown, Mobridge, Aberdeen
Minnesota: Ortonville, Minneapolis, St Paul, Winona
Wisconsin: La Crosse, Milwaukee
Illinois: Racine

Rapid

Rapid (also known as "semi-express") trains are similar to regular Express trains, making a limited number of scheduled stops, but stops can be booked up to three hours in advance at any station on the route that has passenger service. The NWP operates three Rapid trains, of which two are operated jointly with other railways.

  • 135/136 Salishan Rapid (NWP/BC Rail): Vancouver (Pacific Central) – Glacier, Washington, USA
One daily return trip runs in the summer timetable with NWP equipment and crews; two daily return trips run in the winter timetable, one with BC Rail equipment, the other with NWP equipment. Locomotive and crew changes take place at Huntingdon, BC on eastbound trips, and at Sumas, Washington on westbound trips; both BC and US customs checks occur at these stations, and passengers may not board or disembark here. These trains feature first and second class chair cars and a cafeteria car; there is no baggage handling service. This train operates as an Express train in BC (flag stops cannot be booked), and as a Rapid in Washington. A surcharge applies for trips entirely within BC (i.e. travel only between Vancouver and Abbotsford).
Scheduled intermediate stops:
BC: Abbotsford, Huntingdon (BC and US customs checks eastbound)
Washington: Sumas (BC and US customs checks westbound), Columbia, Maple Falls, Glacier
  • 681/682 (NWP/CP): Cranbrook – Coeur d'Alene
Daily service with a morning departure from each end, the trip takes about seven hours using one CP consist and one NWP consist; locomotive and crew changes take place at Elko. These trains feature first and second class chair cars and a cafeteria car; baggage handling is free of charge for first class passengers, and available with a surcharge for second class passengers. For travel between three or fewer domestic stops on the Cranbrook–Fort Steele section a surcharge is applied. BC customs checks take place at McDonald, US checks at Roosville, Montana.
Scheduled intermediate stops:
BC: Fort Steele City, Elko, Grasmere, McDonald
Montana: Roosville, Eureka, Jennings, Libby, Bull Lake, Heron
Idaho: Clark Fork, Belmont, Hayden Lake
  • 901/902 (NWP): Castlegar – Coeur d'Alene
Daily service with a morning departure from each end, featuring first and second class chair cars and a cafeteria car; baggage handling is free of charge for first class passengers, and available with a surcharge for second class passengers. The short-trip surcharge is not applicable on this train. BC customs checks take place at Nelway, US checks at Metaline Falls, Washington.
Scheduled intermediate stops:
BC: Ootischenia, Salmo, Nelway
Washington: Metaline Falls, Ione, Cusick, Usk, Newport
Idaho: Blanchard, Spirit Lake, Rathdrum

Local

Local trains are passenger trains that make scheduled stops at all stations and halts along the route they serve. All are second-class only, and neither has baggage handling.

  • 9901/9902, 9903/9904: Abbotsford, BC – Seattle, Washington, USA
Two daily return trips, second class only with a cafeteria car.
  • 9911/9912, 9913/9914: Castlegar, BC – Metaline Falls, Washington, USA
Two daily return trips, second class only with no refreshment service.