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The NW letterheads changed slightly over the years. This 1990 letterhead was used when NW was NorthWest Transport Service. The divider line at this time was a dotted line with the general office information below it and company entities, including NORTHWEST TRANSPORT SERVICE, INC. (in all upper case), listed at the bottom of the letterhead. The company stationary by this time had a solid divider line at the top and "Transport Service, Inc." in bolder type than earlier stationary. The company entities were dropped at the bottom of the stationary and replaced with "Corporate Office" (as opposed to "General Office") information. In 1992 the Olympic sponsor logo was added, and later dropped after the Olympics. This 1996 letterhead represents another change after NorthWest became NationsWay. At the top "NationsWay" is below the NW logo. At the bottom the full name is spelled out in bold type and the corporate office information reflects the downtown Denver address and phone number changes.
For inner office written communication this stationary was used. The NW logo and "NationsWay" are above the divider line per normal, and under the line was "Reply to:" with no other printing on the stationary. I had never seen this type of stationary until after the company became NationsWay. This unique photograph adorned the 1997 cover of a large system map that salesmen handed out to customers. The photo was taken in front of Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The owner of NW, Jerry D. McMorris is also the primary owner of the Colorado Rockies. This is the system map distributed in the mid-90s soon after NW acquired a marketing partner in Mexico.
Shown here are two examples of the many sales flyers that company salesmen handed out to customers.


The following items are for viewers who work outside of the trucking industry and may never have the opportunity of seeing the everyday paper items used by linehaul drivers. These items may also be of interest to those who work in the industry.
The NorthWest Transport Service daily log sheets were somewhat unique inasmuch that origin and destination lines were not used. The drivers carried a numbered trip sheet with entries showing all of the information pertaining to the trip and the number of the trip sheet was entered on the log for each day of the trip. This is an example of a filled out log.
NW changed over to electronic log books in the early Nineties just before the company changed the name to NationsWay. Drivers used a pen or pencil to fill in a small box indicating each duty-status entry, the date, the daily mileage, and the driver's I.D. number. At the end of the trip the drivers ran each daily log through an electronic scanner. The logs were a success, but the downside was that if a driver had made a mistake on his log it could not be corrected. Within the realm of collectibles the electronic logs imprinted with "NorthWest Transport Service" are somewhat rare due to the company name change soon after these were implemented.
This is an example of a completed NationsWay electronic log sheet. As with the photo of the blank electronic log sheet, the right side is slightly cut off because of its length. The part cut off is where the driver I.D. number was entered.
This is a typical example of the trip sheets used by linehaul drivers. A sleeper team would keep the same trip sheet throughout the duration of the trip, regardless how long the trip was. Numbered trip sheets were only provided at the initial dispatch of the trip in Denver. Drivers carried a blank (no number) "Continuation Trip Sheet" for use when the original trip sheet became full. When the Continuation Trip Sheet was put into use the trip number was entered by hand. Drivers were not allowed to carry extra numbered trip sheets.
Drivers not only filled out the vehicle condition report on the reverse side of the daily log sheets, but also an end-of-trip report, as shown here, that went to the shop. Sleeper teams frequently had to make up their own sets of triples and were required by the company to carry this memo, which states the Oregon regulations pertaining to proper trailer placement, which is dictated by axle weights. The Oregon axle weight placement regulations are pretty much accepted by all of the Western states allowing triples. Generally speaking, a trailing axle can not weigh more than 2,500 lbs. more than the axle leading it.


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David A. Bontrager
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