The Northern Pacific Freight Train near Helena, Montana 1944.
The Northern Pacific Railroad freight cars carried goods for a growing Nation, also many people looking for a ride during hard times. It had to be awful cold heading for the West Coast in the fall and winter in an empty box car. About the coldest place on the Earth. Many people rode in empty boxcars when the doors were left open. I think they were left open for that reason during the days of the Great Depression. For many, it was the only way to look for greener pastures, to seek work during hard times. There is a good book describing some of those years it is titled “Brother-can-you-spare-a-dime You Spare A Dime.” book
Northern Pacific Railway
Headquarters Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Northern Pacific Railway (reporting mark NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States, from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest. It was approved by Congress in 1864 and given nearly forty million acres (62,000 sq mi; 160,000 km2) of land grants, which it used to raise money in Europe for construction. Northern