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Trains Again Roll Through Mullan Tunnel
On December 6 trains again started rolling through Mullan Tunnel after nine long months.
Employees on the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain Divisions are pleased to have operation again back to normal.
-The Tell Tale, January 1950, p. 4


If you waste one typewriter ribbon it is the equivalent to 15 tons of average freight hauled one mile.
-The Tell Tale, January 1950, p. 4


C[harles] H. Moreau was transferred from Parkwater, Wash., to Minneapolis, Minn., as Road Foreman of Engines. He was replaced by H.J. Cannon of Duluth, Minn., effective December 5.
-The Tell Tale, January 1950, p. 8


W.B. Elliott
Death came January 28 to W.B. Babe Elliott, Northern Pacific's General Agent at Butte, Mont., after an extended illness. He was 51 years old.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he came to the states to play hockey and was a star goalie on the St. Paul Athletic Club team from 1921 to 1924. While playing hockey he worked part time in the Northern Pacific General Office and in 1924 gave up hockey for NP full time employment.
After working in the passenger department at Detriot, Mich., and Chicago, Ill., he was appointed City Freight and Passenger Agent at Butte in 1927. He was prmoted to General Agent in 1932. He is survived by his wife.
-The Tell Tale, February 1950, p. 7


J[ess] A. Cannon Goes to SPS Ry.
Announcement was made by E.B. Stanton, Vice President and Genreal Manager, SPS Ry., that effective March 1, J.A. Cannon was appointed General Superintendent Motive Power, SPS Ry. Mr. Cannon was formerly Assistant to General Mechanical Superintendent, NP Ry.
-The Tell Tale, March 1950, p. 8


W.R. Shannon was appointed Assistant to General Mechanical Superintendent, with headquarters at St. Paul, Minn., vice J.A. Cannon, who on March 1 was appointed General Superintendent Motive Power, SPS Ry.
-The Tell Tale, April 1950, p. 8


J[ohn] O. Daives was appointed Trainmaster at Yakima, Wash., succeeding W.L. Stacy, who has returned to train service on his own request.
-The Tell Tale, April 1950, p. 8


K[ennth] A. Box was appointed Trainmaster at Spokane, Wash., succeeding J.O. Davies, transferred.
-The Tell Tale, April 1950, p. 8


R.J. Davis, Roadmaster, Fargo, N.D., transferred to Tacoma, Wash., as Roadmaster.
-The Tell Tale, April 1950, p. 8


G.E. Carlson, Assistant District Roadmaster, Tacoma, Wash., was appointed Roadmaster at Fargo, N.D.
-The Tell Tale, April 1950, p. 8


What It Takes To Keep 'Em Rolling
The rains came, the temperature fell, ice formed on the wires,and the wind blew with unusual severity on March 7. Norhtenr Pacific wire communications were totally disrupted in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. The Fargo Division was isolated--but not for long.
Amateur radio operators in Fargo, Moorehead, and even Louisiana and Texas, made their short-wave facilities available to the railway company in the emergency, and for two days provided the only communicaitons between Fargo and Jamestown, N.D. They also handled important telegrams between the Fargo Divisoin and the General Office in St. Paul, Minn., through the cooperation of Twin City hams.
J[ack] T[homas] Stotler, Fargo Division Superintendent, paid high tribute over radio station KFGO Fargo to the 41 tireless hams such as Ernest Anserson, Fargo, N.D.; John Liberg, Moorhead, Minn.; Robert Barr, Springhill, La.; William Mead, Chico, Texas; and many others in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, for their timely assistance in realying all messages to keep 'em rolling.
-The Tell Tale, May 1950, p. 2


Jack Thomas Stotler
Division Superintendent, Northern Pacific Railway Company.
Fargo, N.D.
Born: Tacoma, Wash., May 27, 1905
Son of: August F. and Mary C. (Miller) Stotler.
Married: Evelyn E. Gunderson, March 17, 1930.
Children: Betty Jean; John R.; Nancy T.
Education: Washington State College (BS ME 1928).
Entered railway service: September, 28, 1928, with NP; in maintenance and construction, Engineering Department, Tacoma and Idaho Divisions, Seattle, Wash., to 1933. Subsequent service with same road, 1933-35, Assistant Supervisor of Maintenance, Camas Prairie Railroad, Lewiston, Idaho; 1935-37, Roadmaster, Rocky Mountain Division, Helena, Mont.; 1937-39, Roadmaster, Tacoma Division, Lester, Wash.; 1939-41, Division Roadmaster, Idaho Division, Spokane, Wash.; 1941-42, Roadmaster Trainmaster, St. Paul Division, East Grand Forks, Minn.; 1942-43, Trainmaster, Yellowstone Division, Dickinson, N.D.; 1943-46, Superintendent of Ore Operations, Lake Superior Division, Superior, Wis.; 1946-48, Assistant Superintendent, Fargo Division, Fargo, N.D.; 1948--, Division Superintendent, Fargo, N.D.
Member, American Association of Railroad Superintendents; Protestant; Republican.
Fraternities: Phi Sigma Kappa.
Home address: 7 10th Street South, Moorhead, Minn.
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President Robert S. Macfarlane kept up the tradition when in Portland recently he invited George A. Kingsley, 94-year-old retired Northern Pacific engineer, to his business car. Now Mr. Kingsley has shaken the hand of every NP President since Henry Villard, who was head of the company when the transcontinental line was completed in 1883.
After 48 years with the Northern Pacific, Mr. Kingsley retired in 1925, nine years before Mr. Macfarlane began his railroad career.
-The Tell Tale, April 1951, p. 6


This photograph shows the new large sized Monad which will appear on Northern Pacific box cars hereafter, beginning with the 500 car order to be turned out at Brainerd Shops this summer. The new stencil is five feet in diameter as compared with the 36 inch trademark used previously.
The curved, rainbow 'Northern Pacific' lettering on the left side of NP box cars is probably the most distinctive of any railroad in America. So far as is known, the SPS is the only other line to use that style of lettering. The rainbow line permits instant identification of NP equipment for as far as the lettering can be seen.
The larger Monad is designed to further enhance the advertising value of these 'traveling billboards.' -The Tell Tale, August 1951, p. 4
[NP 16333 shown]


E.A. Titus, Division Engineer, St. Paul Division, passed away June 7, after a short illness. Mr. Titus began his railroad career as a rodman in 1902. He was Assistant Engineer, St. Paul, from 1911 to 1944, when he became Division Engineer.
-The Tell Tale, August 1951, p. 4


E[lmer] C. Smoak was appointed Assistant Diesel Shop Foreman.
-The Tell Tale, August 1951, p. 4


The six percent increase in freight rates, just granted Northern Pacific and other Western lines, is wholly inadequate to meet increased operating costs on our railroad. On the Northern pacific, we estimate that the increase just granted, including the interim increase granted last March, will produce $3,000,000 in the last four months of this year, whereas wage increases which have gone into effect since October 1, 1950, aggregate approximately $1,000,000 per month.
Thus, the rate of increase not only fails to cover the wage increases by a large margin, but allows nothing to care for the increased costs of materials and supplies we use.
-Robert S. Macfarlane, The Tell Tale, September 1951, p. 2


Diesel locomotives now handle nearly 50 percent of all road freight traffic as measured in gross ton miles and nearly 60 percent of the road passenger service as measured in passenger car miles.
Railroads have put 2,529 new locomotives in service since the outbreak of the war in Korea, of which 2,502 were diesels, 14 steam, and 13 electric.
-The Tell Tale, September 1951, p. 2


In addressing the national convention of the Associated Traffic Clubs of America in Seattle last month, I spoke on behalf of the industry in which all of us have a stake--the American railroads. Here are some of the things I told the convention:
Regulation of the railroads is still based on the ancient theory that they are a transportation monopoly, although everyone knows that we are facing the increased and intense competition of highway carriers, waterways, airlines and pipelines, all of which, except the pipelines, receive substantial government subsidies. The railroads, on the other hand, do not receive a dollar in subsidy from any government agency.
Charges for railroad services have failed to keep pace with their costs. Even with the latest rate increase, the average revenue the railroads receive for hauling a ton of freight one mile is only about 45 percent above 1939, while the level of wages and prices is up 130 percent.
Management must have more latitude in adjusting rates to meet costs if the railroads are to attain financial stability.
Denial of the opportunity to earn a fair rate of return on private property devoted to public use is no less than plain old fashioned confiscation.
Despite the meager fare of earnings, your railroads will not be found wanting. Ours is not a decadent industry. On the contrary, it is an aggressive, progressive industry, and I sincerely believe I can speak for the railroads of America when I say we look forward to the future with optimism born of the certainty that the American tradition of fair play will prevail, and that this servant of the people--the great railroad industry--will be given the opportunity to prosper and remain strong.
-Robert S. Macfarlane, The Tell Tale, October 1951, p. 2


Railroads have put in service nearly 400,000 new freight cars and 13,000 new locomotives since the end of World War Two.
-The Tell Tale, October 1951, p. 2


A US Weather Bureau employee who collapsed while climbing to his station recently atop a snow covered Cascade mountain ridge 12 miles from Stampede was rescued by Ernest M. Harrison, NP Telegrapher stationed at Martin.
When Meteorologist Donald Carte, 24, of Great Falls, Mont., failed to return to the station, Harrison set out on the trail and found Carte collapsed. He packed the young man on his back one third of a mile through 18 inches of snow up the steep mountain side to the weather station. Carte had spent seven hours in the snow before he was rescued but he is making a successful recovery.
-The Tell Tale, December 1951, p. 4


G[lenn] A. Staeheli was appointed Road Foreman of Engines, Tacoma Division, with headquarters at Tacoma.
-The Tell Tale, January 1952, p. 3


David S. Hingeley, shown bidding farewell to Superintendent D.A. Thomson, concluded on November 1 that 1,225,000 miles in passenger service, plus some 700,000 miles on freight locomotives was enough and 51 years of railroading entitled him to seek a life of ease. He said farewell to his host of friends, retired, and moved to California for a long and happy retirement.
-The Tell Tale, January 1952, p. 6


Matt Lien, Car Inspector at Darrington, Wash., retired October 31, after 39 years service with the company. It is estimated Mr. Lien inspected 120,000 loads of logs without a reportable injury during his years of car inspecting.
-The Tell Tale, January 1952, p. 6


Robert E. Mattson, General Superintendent of Transportation of the Northern Pacific Railway, has been granted six months leave of absence to accept an assignment from the Irish government as a consultant to the National Railways of Ireland. He will leave for Dublin February 15.
W.W. Judson, Vice President, Northern Pacific Operating Department, announced that E.S. Ulyatt, Assistant General Superintendent of Transportation, has been appointed Acting General Superintendent of Transportation and that E.L. Martin, Assistant to the General Superintendent of Transportation, will take over Mr. Ulyatt's duties.
Mr. Mattson will study the equipment, facilities, and operation of the Irish National Railways with a view to making recommendations for more efficient and more profitable operation.
As a colonel in the Military Railway Service in World War Two, Mr. Mattson saw service in Iran, the Philippines, Japan, and Europe, and his achievements as Superintendent of Transportation in the Persian Gulf Command won him citations from the American, British, Soviet, and Iranian governments.
-The Tell Tale, February 1952, p. 5


J.J. Rothschiller was appointed Car Foreman at Mandan, N.D., succeeding S.T. Hollenbeck, transferred.
-The Tell Tale, February 1952, p. 5


Northern Pacific Railway's continuing improvement program calls for expenditures of approximately $21 million during 1952, President Robert S. Macfarlane recently announced.
About a third of this amount, the president said, will go for new freight cars. The program includes:
Construction at the company's Brainerd, Minn., shops of 1,000 box cars, 200 70 tons ore cars and 50 steel cabooses and purchase from suppliers of 250 gondolas. Total cost is approximately $8.4 million. Heavy repair and maintenance of cars will continue at various NP shops.
Purchase of 17 diesel freight, passenger, and switching locomotives, totaling 23 unites, costing about $5.3 million. Six locomotives have already been delivered and the remainder are scheduled to be in service in the first quarter of 1952.
Laying of new ail and rock ballast on the main line at a cost of approximately $6.2 million.
Line changes near Bismarck, N.D., Cabinet Gorge, Ida., and Superior, Wis., and completion of daylighting Hoppers' Tunnel near Livingston, Mont., will cost about $630,000.
Additions and improvements to shop and station facilities will cost an estimated $2 million.
-The Tell Tale, February 1952, p. 5


Recently when the Columbia Brewery Co. of Tacoma had difficulty with its boiler and faced the necessity of either shutting down or securing emergency steam to run its plant, the Northern Pacific Railway was called on to furnish emergency steam. The locomotives will remain in service until the boiler of the brewing company is repaired.
-The Tell Tale, February 1952, p. 5
[Shown is NP 2216 and an unidentifiable NP locomotive. Number 2216 was a Class Q-4 4-6-2 built by ALCO in 1910. For complete details, see http://www.armadillo.com/monad/roster/steam.html]


G.I. Hayward, Seattle, retired as District Engineer after 46 years of faithful service. T.N. Buchanan, Assistant Engineer, Seattle, was appointed District Engineer, February 1, and C.J. Kugler, Billings, Mont., succeeded Mr. Buchanan.
-The Tell Tale, February 1952, p. 6


J.E. Hoving was appointed to Assistant to Chief Engineer, with headquarters at Pasco, Wash., in charge of reconstruction of Columbia River Bridge No. 1 and the relocation of the Dayton and Pendleton Branches.
-The Tell Tale, March 1952, p. 5


H.E. Brakke was appointed Assistant to Mechanical Engineer, with headquarters at St. Paul, Minn.
-The Tell Tale, March 1952, p. 5


L.W. Anderson was appointed Acting Road Foreman of Engines, Fargo Division, headquarters Jamestown, N.D., succeeding W.J. Dailey, Sr., who was granted an indefinite leave of absence.
-The Tell Tale, March 1952, p. 5


Redmond H. Cosgrove, Telegrapher, Auburn, Wash., retired after 40 years with the NP.
-The Tell Tale, March 1952, p. 5
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Where it comes from:
79.5 cents -- freight service
08.3 cents -- passenger service
03.0 cents -- mail service
00.7 cents -- express service
08.5 cents -- miscellaneous

Where it goes:
46.1 cents -- wages and salaries
05.2 cents -- coal and fuel
04.8 cents -- rents
11.1 cents -- taxes
04.5 cents -- depreciation
18.2 cents -- other operating expenses
01.0 cents -- miscellaneous
02.8 cents -- interest to bondholders
00.8 cents -- interest to preferred stockholders
02.2 cents -- interest to common stockholders
03.3 cents -- back into business

$1.00 -- total
-The Tell Tale, September 1952, p. 2


Pork Chop Special Moves Over NP
A Northern Pacific Railway Pork Chop special train carrying a record shipment of 38 cars of hogs left the Twin Cities August 24 en route to packing plants in Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, and Auburn, Washington.
The special's schedule was set up for crossing the Washington-Idaho border at 12:01 A.M. August 28, following expiration of a Washington quarantine against interstate shipments at midnight on August 27. A 15-day quarantine order was issued following outbreak of a swine disease known as VE (vesicular extanthema).
Thirty-two cars were loaded at South St. Paul on August 23 by E.B. Beck and Co., and six by the King Pig Company. There were approximately 2,700 hogs weighing more than half a million pounds on the special. The shipment not only was the largest transcontinental hog movement ever handled by the Northern Pacific, but also the first time it has ever operated a Pork Chop special across the country.
-The Tell Tale, September 1952, p. 2


K[ennth] A. Box was appointed Trainmaster, Tacoma Division, succeeding D[rayton] D. Zimmerman, who retired account ill health [with 32 years of service on the NP].
-The Tell Tale, September 1952, p. 7


L.F. Wiecking was appointed Trainmaster, Idaho Division, with headquarters at Spokane, Wash., succeeding Mr. Box.
-The Tell Tale, September 1952, p. 7


R.E. Mattson has resumed his duties as General Superintendent of Transportation. During his leave from the railway he was stationed at Dublin while serving as consultant to the National Railways of Ireland.
-The Tell Tale, September 1952, p. 7


W.W. Simpson was appointed System Diesel Supervisor with headquarters at St. Paul, Minn.
-The Tell Tale, November 1952, p. 7


W.T. Kennelly was appointed Diesel Supervisor, with headquarters at St. Paul, Minn.
-The Tell Tale, November 1952, p. 7


M.L. Lervold was appointed Diesel Supervisor, with headquarters at Mandan, N.D.
-The Tell Tale, November 1952, p. 7


B.J. Dodge was appointed Diesel Supervisor, with headquarters at Auburn, Wash.
-The Tell Tale, November 1952, p. 7


M.E. Nyberg was appointed Roadmaster at Yakima, Wash.
-The Tell Tale, November 1952, p. 7


R.E. Hom was appointed Roadmaster at Pasco, Wash.
-The Tell Tale, November 1952, p. 7


G.W. Pilgrim was appointed Night Roundhouse Foreman at Seattle, Wash.
-The Tell Tale, November 1952, p. 7


S.A. Polich was appointed Night Roundhouse Foreman at Parkwater, Wash., succeeding G.W. Pilgrim, transferred.
-The Tell Tale, December 1952, p. 3


Chris. Thomsen, Road Foreman of Engines at Auburn, Wash., retired recently after more than 45 years of service.
-The Tell Tale, December 1952, p. 6


T.F. Sullivan, Road Foreman of Engines at Seattle, Wash., retired November 1 after 48 years of continuous service.
-The Tell Tale, December 1952, p. 3


R.J. Fogel was appointed Road Foreman of Engines at Laurel, Mont. -The Tell Tale, November 1952, p. 7



Author: John A. Phillips, III. Title: Extra Extras. URL: www.employees.org/~davison/nprha/extraextras.html.

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