Great Northern Railway Historical Society

Empire Builder

The 1957 edition of Great Northern's incomparable Empire Builder descends from Marias Pass at Bison, Montana.

Inaugerated in 1929 the Empire Builder was Great Northern's premier Chicago to Seattle/Portland train. It was named after James J. Hill, the 'Empire Builder'.

A historic timeline of the Empire Builder over the years can be found on the Empire Builder 75th Anniversary page.

To explore the GNRHS Reference sheet about this train, click here

There is also an Empire Builder font available for download.


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