N.P. Ry.

Steam Locomotive Roster Notes

This information is made available via the hard work and courtesy of Lorenz P. Schrenk.


Class, Type, Notes
A, 4-8-4, First Northerns
First A-1, 4-4-0, 15-inch cylinders and small drivers
Second A-1, 4-8-4, Timken
First A-2, 4-4-0, Black Crook; 15-inch cylinders and large drivers,
Second A-2, 4-8-4
A-3, 4-8-4
A-4, 4-8-4
A-5, 4-8-4
B, 4-4-0, ex-first Class N
1st B-1, 4-4-0, 16 by 22-inch cylinders
2nd B-1, 4-4-0, ex-Washington & Columbia River
1st B-2, 4-4-0, 16 by 24-inch cylinders; includes two ordered for Oregon Railway & Navigation Co.
Second B-2, 4-4-0, ex-Monte Cristo
B-3, 4-4-0, ex-Washington & Columbia River
C, , not used
C-1, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; New NYLW
First C-2, 4-4-0, 17 by 24-inch cylinders; redesignated classes C-1, C-3 through C-6, and C-8 through C-14.
Second C-2, 4-4-0, ex-Class J; lignite burner
C-3, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; New Standard
C-4, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; lignite burner
C-5, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; Old NYLW
C-6, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; New Portland
C-7, 4-4-0, ex-Puget Sound Shore
C-8, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; Taunton
C-9, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; Hinkley
C-10, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; Wooten firebox
C-11, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; Old Standard
C-12, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; Manchester
C-13, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; Old Portland
C-14, 4-4-0, ex-first Class C-2; Weston boiler
C-15, 4-4-0, Northern Pacific & Manitoba
C-16, 4-4-0, Northern Pacific & Manitoba
C-17, 4-4-0, Northern Pacific & Manitoba
C-18, 4-4-0, Northern Pacific & Manitoba
C-19, 4-4-0, ex-Montana Union
C-20, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-21, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-22, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-23, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-24, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-25, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-26, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-27, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-28, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-29, 4-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
C-30, 4-4-0, ex-Seattle & International
C-31, 4-4-0, ex-Seattle & International
C-32, 4-4-0, ex-Bellingham Bay & Eastern; ex-Portland,Vancouver & Yakima
C-33, 4-4-0, ex-Portland, Vancouver & Yakima
D, 2-6-0
D-1, 0-6-0, ex-2-6-0 Dustbins; Wooten firebox
D-2, 2-6-0
D-3, 2-6-0
D-4, 2-6-0, Northern Pacific & Manitoba
D-5, 2-6-0, engines rebuilt from Class D-3
D-6, 2-6-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
D-7, 2-6-0, Minnesota & International
D-8, 2-6-0, Minnesota & International
D-9, 2-6-0, Minnesota & International
D-10, 2-6-0, Minnesota & International
E, 4-6-0
E-1, 4-6-0, ex-Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
E-2, 4-6-0
E-3, 4-6-0
E-4, 4-6-0, two originally for Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern; one ex-Class E-6
E-5, 4-6-0, originally for Wisconsin Central
E-6, 4-6-0, one ex-Seattle & International; redesignated E-4
E-7, 4-6-0, ex-Monte Cristo
E-8, 4-6-0, ex-Port Townsend Southern
F, 2-8-0, rebuilt to Class G 0-8-0
F-1, 2-8-0
F-2, 2-8-0, ex-Oregon & Washington Territory
F-3, 2-8-0, ex-Montana Union
F-4, 2-8-0, ex-Montana Union
F-5, 2-8-0, ex-Seattle & International
F-6, 2-8-0, ex-Seattle & International
F-7, 2-8-0, ex-Seattle & International
F-8, 2-8-0, 2 ex-Bayfield Western; one ex-Seattle Warehouse & Terminal
G, 0-8-0, ex-Class F 2-8-0
G-1, 0-8-0
G-2, 0-8-0
H, 0-4-0, 15 by 24-inch cylinders
H-1, 0-4-0T, ex-Minneapolis & Duluth 0-4-0
H-2, 0-4-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
H-2, 0-4-2T, ex-Elliston & Southern
H-3, 0-4-0, ex-Stillwater Union Depot & Transfer
H-4, 0-4-4T, ex-Seattle Warehouse & Terminal
H-5, 2-4-0, ex-Bellingham Bay & Eastern
I, 0-6-0
I-1, 0-6-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
J, 4-4-0, redesignated second Class C-2; lignite burner
1st K, 2-6-0, Old Mogul; rebuilt to 0-6-0; redesignated Class K-1
2nd K, 2-6-0
K-1, 0-6-0, ex-1st Class K 2-6-0
K-2, 0-6-0, ex-1st Class K 2-6-0
L, 0-6-0
L-1, 0-6-0, ex-Oregon & Washington Territory
L-2, 0-6-0, ex-Montana Union
L-3, 0-6-0, ex-Montana Union
L-4, 0-6-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
L-5, 0-6-0, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
L-6, 0-6-0
L-7, 0-6-0
L-8, 0-6-0, ex-Duluth Transfer
L-9, 0-6-0
L-10, 0-6-0
M, 2-10-0
1st N, 4-4-0, 18 by 24-inch cylinders; redesignated Class B
2nd N, 4-4-2, ex-St. Paul & Duluth
N-1, 4-4-2
O, , not used
P, 4-6-0, passenger service
P-1, 4-6-0, passenger service
P-2, 4-6-0, passenger service
P-3, 4-6-0, passenger service
Q, 4-6-2
Q-1, 4-6-2
Q-2, 4-6-2
Q-3, 4-6-2
Q-4, 4-6-2
Q-5, 4-6-2
Q-6, 4-6-2
R, 4-6-0, freight service
S, 4-6-0, freight service
S-1, 4-6-0, freight service
S-2, 4-6-0, freight service
S-3, 4-6-0, freight service
S-4, 4-6-0, freight service
S-5 through S-9, not used
S-10, 4-6-0, ordered by Chicago Southern but not delivered
S-11, 4-6-0, ex-Washington & Columbia River
T, 2-6-2, 18 rebuilt to Class T-1; six rebuilt to W-4
T-1, 2-6-2, ex-Class T
V, Shay, ex-Washington Railway & Navigation Co.
V-1, , not used
V-2, Heisler, ex-Washington Railway & Navigation Co.
W, 2-8-2, 20 Class W compound engines redesignated Class W-2
W-1, 2-8-2
W-2, 2-8-2, ex-Class W compound
W-3, 2-8-2
W-4, 2-8-2, rebuilt from Class T 2-6-2
W-5, 2-8-2
X, 4-8-0
Y, 2-8-0
Y-1, 2-8-0
Y-2, 2-8-0
Y-3, 2-8-0
Y-4, 2-8-0
Y-5, 2-8-0
Z, 2-6-6-2
Z-1, 2-6-6-2
Z-2, 2-8-8-2
Z-3, 2-8-8-2
Z-4, 2-8-8-2
Z-5, 2-8-8-4, First Yellowstones
Z-6, 4-6-6-4
Z-7, 4-6-6-4
Z-8, 4-6-6-4


0-4-0T, Porter fireless engine for Brainerd, MN tie plant.
0-4-0, construction locomotives; Minnetonka, Itaska, St. Cloud, and Otter Tail.
0-4-0, narrow gauge Porter for NP coal mine in Washington.
4-4-0, six Class 12 Pittsburgh locos used as switchers.
4-4-0, three ex-Lake Superior & Mississippi, 16 by 24-inch cylinders.
4-4-0, one ex-Lake Superior & Mississippi, 17 by 24-inch cylinders,
4-4-0, one Hinkley; ex-Puget Sound Shore.
4-4-0, NP A, ex-?, Bought for Little Falls & Dakota.
4-4-0, NP B, ex-?, Bought for Manitoba & Southwestern Colonization. 4-4-0, one narrow gauge; ex-Mill Creek.
4-6-0, one Puget Sound & Grays Harbor.
2-6-0, four narrow gauge; Couer d1Alene Railway & Navigation Co.
Shay, ex-Montana Union.

Not included in the above are seven locomotives owned by NP through the Gilmore & Pittsburgh.


Note 1. When the NP was experimenting with compound engines, the subscripts s, c or tc were added to the letter designations of classes which contained both simple and compound types to identify engines which were simple versus those which were compound. An example is Class Wtc.

Note 2. Some NP historians refer to engines owned by the NP prior to the introduction of the class system in August 1883 as OS or Old Series locomotives.

Note 3. About 1913, the NP introduced a letter designation system for different types of steam locomotive tenders.
A - standard wood-framed tenders.
B - slope-backed, wood-framed switcher tenders.
C - standard metal-framed tenders with low decks.
D - slope-backed, metal-framed switcher tenders.
E - standard metal-framed tenders with high decks.
F - round-bottom tenders used with A-2, A-3, and Z-6 engines.
G - Centipede tenders used with A-4, A-5, Z-7, and Z-8 engines.
-Compiled by L.P. Schrenk


I have previously referred to the fact that no published NP roster I have seen has been complete. While this is not in itself a roster, it does indicate some of the complexities one runs into. At the same time, it isa greatly simplified list. It does not show, for example, locomotives that went from the NP to other railroads, like the North Yakima & Valley, and later came back to the NP.

I compiled this listing through many years of research into various dark cornersof NP records, through roster material developed by others such as the late Don Roberts and Bob Graham, through builder's lists, and through records of other railroads. A lot of effort went into discovering where engines such as the ex-Pennsy fantail 2-8-0s in Class F-8 came from. I suspect that no one, even at the NP, could have provided this list. It has never been published.

There are still a few puzzles, such as why the first Class A-2 passenger 4-4-0s were called Black Crook (There was a well-known stage play in the 1860s or 1870s with that title). Or why did the NP skip classes S-5 through S-9 and V-1?
-Larry Schrenk, March 5, 1997

Author: Lorenz P. Schrenk. Title: Steam Locomotive Roster Notes. URL: www.netcom.com/~whstlpnk/lpsnotes.html.

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