Freight was the backbone of the railroad's revenue. People in the east needed lumber for buildings, the west wanted manufactured goods. Freight traffic kept both east and west happy. The Yakima Valley grew an abundance of food and hay which contributed to the market back east. Commodities determined type of railroad car used, grain and coal fit best in hopper cars, hay in box cars, ect. We have collected various cars that the NP used in our area. Each car has its own unique story of what it shipped.
To the left is theNorthern Pacific freight train, 1364 crossing the Natches River between Selah and Yakima, roughly 15 mi NW of the museum. The picture has been dated between 1902 when the S-4 class steam engines were purchased by the NP and 1905 when the Naches Bridge was upgraded to steel. This is the earliest picture we have of the 1364. We want to thank Yakima Valley Museum for their work and co-operation in scanning this glass negative. Picture courtesy of the Yakima Valley Museum