Monday, July 25, 2016

GP9 At Marcellus

Photograph by Norm Hochhalter.

Seeing a train on the Marcellus branch was rare. When they ran on the line, it was usually on weekends with borrowed locomotives from another part of the railroad. Here we see two GP9s at Marcellus picking up boxcar loads of grain in the early 1970s.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Boxcars At Batum

Photograph by J. Foust; courtesy of the Othello Community Museum.

Because of the many Russians who moved into the area to grow wheat, Batum was named for a city in the Caucasus on the east coast of the Black Sea in Russia. Never having a population of any great size, it was one of numerous stops on the Marcellus branch of the Milwaukee Road. Here we see the crew switching cars at the not-often photographed location. The boxcars, with the distinctive horizontal ribbing, were built by the Milwaukee in its own shops.