N.P. Ry.

Tacoma Division

Sub-Divisions in 1949





First
Yakima-Auburn 139 miles
[the First is generally referred to as the Mountain]
(Write-up in Lewty, Renz, Woods)


Second
Tacoma-Seattle 40 miles
joint account with Great Northern Railway
ex-Puget Sound Shore and Northern Pacific
(Write up Renz)


Third
Tacoma-Portland 146.3 miles
joint account with Great Northern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad post-W.W.II
[the Third and branches from it are generally referred to as the South End, the double-track segment from Tacoma to Tenino was built circa 1912 and is referred to as the "Point Line" and replaced the "Prairie Line." According to WSU Press author John Gaertner, all eastbound traffic collected on the NP south of Centralia, WA, including branches from Centralia, was routed via the Spokane Portland and Seattle along the Columbia River]


Fourth
Tacoma-Tenino Jct 39.2 miles
joint account with Great Northern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad pre-W.W.II
(Joins Third at both points) "Prairie Line"


Fifth
Seattle-BC, Canada 128.2 miles
"Sumas Branch"
[the Fifth and branches from it are generally referred to as the North End]


Sixth
Cle Elum-Ronald 5.4 miles
(Joins First at Cle Elum)
"Roslyn Branch"


Seventh
Tacoma-Kanaskat [listed] 44.3 miles
(Joins Second at Meeker and First at Kanaskat Jct. 34.7 miles; also includes Wilkeson Branch, Cascade Jct. to Carbonado, 8.5 miles, joins Seventh at Cascade Jct.)
"Buckley Line and Wilkeson Branch"


Eighth
Kanaskat-Selleck 3.9 miles
(Joins First at Kanaskat)
"Green River Branch" ex-Green River and Northern


Tenth
Orting-Lake Kapowsin 10 miles
(Joins Seventh at Orting)
"Orting Branch"


Eleventh
Woodinville-Black River 24.5 miles
(Joins Second at Black River)
"Belt Line" AKA "Lake Washington Belt Line"
portion is ex-Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern I believe


Twelfth
Woodinville-Milwaukee Road crossing North Bend area 38 miles
(Joins Eleventh at Woodinville)
"Snoqualmie Branch" ex-Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern


Thirteenth
Bromart-Edgecomb 19.9 miles
(Joins Fifth at Bromart) "Hartford Line"
ex-Hartford and Eastern


Fourteenth
Arlington-Darrington 27.7 miles
(Joins Fifth at Arlington Jct.)
"Darrington Branch"


Fifteenth
Wickersham-Bellingham 20.4 miles
(Joins Fifth at Wickersham)
ex-Bellingham Bay and Eastern
(Write-up in Mainstreeter)


Sixteenth
St. Clair-Moclips 100.5 miles
(Joins Third at St. Clair)
"Grays Harbor Line"
ex-United Railroads of Washington
(Write-up in Lewty, Davison)


Seventeenth
Lakeview-Nisqually 11.7 miles
(Joins Fourth at Lakeview and Third at Nisqually)
"American Lake Line"
[Serves US Army installation at Fort Lewis]


Eighteenth
Centralia-Gate 13.8 miles
(Joins Third at Centralia and Sixteenth at Gate)
"Gate Line"


Nineteenth
Elma-Bangor 68.5 miles
(Joins Sixteenth at Elma)
"Elma Branch" U.S. Government Railroad
[Serves US Navy installations including Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton and Submarine Base Bangor]


Twentieth
Aberdeen-Markham 13.1. miles
(Joins Sixteenth at Aberdeen Jct.)
"Ocosta Branch"


Twenty-First
Chehalis-South Bend 56.5. miles
(Joins Third at Chehalis Jct.)
"Willapa Harbor Line" AKA "South Bend Branch" AKA "Raymond Branch" ex-United Railroads of Washington
(Write-up in Lewty)


Twenty-Second
Vancouver-Yacolt 27.2 miles
(Joins Third at Vancouver Jct.)
"Yacolt Branch"
(Write-up in Mainstreeter)


Twenty-Third
Yakima-Moxee City 8.6 miles
(Joins First at Yakima)
"Moxee Branch"


Twenty-Fourth
Yakima-Naches 13.5 miles
(Joins First at Yakima)
[also includes Tieton Branch, Brace-Tieton 11.6 miles, joins Twenty-Fourth at Brace]
"Naches and Tieton Branches"
ex-North Yakima and Valley
(Write-up in Mainstreeter)

PRIMARY SOURCE:
Northern Pacific Railway Accounting Department,
Officers, Agents, Stations, Etc. ...
St. Paul [MN] NP Ry. July 1, 1949



OTHER SOURCES:
Davison, Mike
Listed under Grays Harbor Branch link on main page

Lewty, Peter J.;
Renz, Louis T.;
Woods; Charles R.
All listed under Bibliography link on main page

The Mainstreeter, Quarterly Journal of the NPRHA
Listed under Mainstreeter Indexes link on main page



Author: John A. Phillips, III. Title: Tacoma Division Sub-Divisions in 1949. URL: www.netcom.com/~whstlpnk/tacomasubs.html.

© March 20, 2002

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