January 19th, John Langlot will speak about " The Rusty Dusty: The Wenatche to Oroville branch of the Great Northern Railway ".

John Langlot, the son of a Great Northern trainman, grew up in Hillyard, Washington. John worked his first day as a Great Northern trainman on August 6, 1960. For most of the 1960’s he worked as a brakeman on the Wenatchee-Oroville locals at Wenatchee because they were the only bid-in jobs he could hold. Over the course of his career John worked every trainman job available at Hillyard; all the locals, Chain Gang to Troy, Montana, and later to Whitefish, Chain Gang to Wenatchee, and passenger trips as a brakeman to Seattle and Whitefish. John was promoted to conductor in March of 1968. With the BN merger John could also work former Northern Pacific routes from Yardley to Paradise, Montana, Pasco, Washington, and Lewiston, Idaho. John’s favorite job was the bid-in work trains on which in 1997 and 1998 he participated in the two main track construction projects between Spokane and Sandpoint, and between Sandpoint and Troy, Montana.  John retired from BNSF on December 31, 2004 and has served as a Director of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society since 2008 and Vice President since July of 2009.

Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by January 16th, for reservations.  Pat's email is patholien@comcast.net  and phone number is 509-951-2090


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Sharing PACIFIC Northwest HISTORY

Est. 1955

The purpose of the Westerners Spokane Corral is to bring together in warm fellowship men and women who have a common interest in Pacific Northwest history. The Westerners meets the third Thursday of every month, except July and August. Westerners encourage historical research,  popularize western lore , history through publication, awards and preservation of archival records, documents and other evidence of the Pacific Northwest.

​ Call Sheriff  Dick Jensen (509) 747-1335. Send mail to:  The Westerners Spokane, P.O. Box 1717, Spokane, WA 99210 for more information.  We meet the third Thursday of every month, except July and August.  Meeting time is 5:30PM for dinner and 7:00PM for the speaker at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 South Windsor Drive, Spokane.

John Langlot

Upper images are courtesy of  the Northwest Room . The lower images are courtesy of the John Langlot Collection and the video from the Nostalgia Magazine Collection. 

John Langlot's book "The Rusty Dusty"

Westerners Spokane CORRAL