Northern Pacific #642 in snow removal operations on Stampede Pass, 1943.
In March 1970 the Northern Pacific merged with four other railroads to create the “Burlington Northern Railroad” (BN), the spreader was repainted and renumbered to BN #972602. When BN sold the Stampede pass line in 1985 ownership was transferred to the Washington Central Railroad were it was believed to have served as part of a wrecking train according to one of its old operators. After its retirement it sat unused on a spur track just off of Mead Avenue in Yakima, WA. In July of 1996 the spreader was purchased from the Washington Central Railroad for $1,000. The same railroad donated the shipping and moved it to Toppenish.
BN #972602 (NP #642) on Stampede Pass in its “Green” Burlington Northern” colors