Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Highland AFEs

This is a summary to the "Applications For Expenditures" (AFE) files which were project files for all purchases, construction or removal of facilities or equipment from Great Northern property. These files sometimes contain correspondence, invoices, blueprints and other project information, and often contain insight into events or changes in a specific area at a point in time.

As a summary, it does give a look into the changes made over the years.

From the GN-NP Archives.

1899 Install private crossings
1899 Install passing track
1900 Unknown miscellaneous expensed
1901 Construct road undercrossing at Bridge No. 276
1901 Move section house with “Jap” house, tool house, and privy from Lyons
1902 Improve ROW
1903 Dig well
1903 Install ROW fence
1907 Construct public crossing
1910 Replace pile and pony truss Bridge No. 276 with concrete trestle
1912 Move derails
1913 Place steel in Bridge No. 274.2
1914 Extend passing track
1914 Install ROW fence
1915 Install ROW fence
1916 Relay rail Highland to Galena
1917 Construct public crossing
1919 Construct highway crossing
1920 Repair section house
1920 Something to do with cinders
1924 Install ROW fence
1924 Relay passing track with 85# rail
1926 Relay Highland with 130/100
1927 Relay with 110/130# rail Ft. Wright to Lyons
1929 Move section laborers house to Espanola
1929 Move section buildings to Hillyard
1929 Relay flange oiler
1933 Relay rail lubricators Highland to Everett
1937 Install ROW fence
1940 Renew decks and paint Bridge Nos. 276 and 286 at Canby
1940 Line main track Highland to Galena with 112# rail and 130# rail on curves
1941 Install ROW fence
1942 Retire flange lubricators
1948 Place Highland quarry tracks
1952 Place switch indicator at quarry spur
1956 Place rail anchors Highland to Fairchid
1956 Relay rail with 115# rail
1958 Relay siding (also Columbia River)
1964 Install slide fence
1965 Install slide fence
1966 Place car puller from Appleyard

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Old Railroad Car To Find New Life

On the weekend of October 7 and 8, a crew of the Chehalis Centralia Railroad made their way to Moses Lake to to a bit of rehab of the spur to Moses Lake Iron and Metal, where Monte Holm's old business car, the "Ruth M," had lived for the last 40 or so years. This work would allow the Columbia Basin Railway to retrieve the car in a few days.

From the "Columbia Basin Herald."

October 12, 2017

I alerted the newspaper that the move was happening, but I'll leave my very similar photos out of the first part of this piece. I did video it leaving town, at the link below.

As it left the Moses Lake area, I was out at Wheeler and caught it as the last car of a CBRW train headed towards Warden. Ultimately the car would be handed off to BNSF at Connell for forwarding to Chehalis. See the train at Wheeler here.

Alden Wolf caught the car in Chehalis on November 20, 2017, being moved into the car barn for restoration.

Saturday, January 13, 2018