Monday, January 21, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

2008 Last Run From Fairchild

Courtesy of Roger Hepkema.

November 13, 2008



10 years ago today, Engineer Bruce Butler in WRIX 1617 ran to interchange 3 empties for 1 load at Fairchild on the Columbia River Sub. He then brought that load through the Base and backed the train onto the NEW portion of the Geiger Spur to retrieve H&H Rail Builder's ballast hopper (where this photo was taken)--it being finished dumping rock on the new Spokane-County-Owned 3-mile connection to the ex-NP CW line at Geiger Junction. Bruce will likely remember if this was the last run out to Fairchild, but this was the first move onto the line that would replace the trackage through Fairchild AFB---and interchange of these cars of steel would move to Cheney on the Lakeside Sub.--and move via the EWG to this location.

Friday, January 18, 2019

VIP's At Railroad Golden Spike


Part of the official party at the opening of the U.S. Construction Railroad celebration on July 29, 1935. L-R: Governor Clarence Martin, locomotive engineer; Mr. Francis Donaldson, Chief Engineer, M.W.A.K Company; Mr. J.I. Dinman, President Spokane Chamber of Commerce; Mr. James O' Sullivan, Columbia Basin Commission; Mr. E.F. Blaine "Father of Irrigation;" Guy F. Atkinson, Vice President, M.W.A.K. Company; Ben H. Kizer, Chairman, State Planning Commission; William Clapp, Attorney, Ephrata; E.L. Kier, Vice President, M.W.A.K. Company; Harvey Slocum, General Superintendent, M.W.A.K. Company.