Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Beverly Bridge Construction Photo

Courtesy of the Othello Community Museum.

The steamboat St. Paul was used by the railroad to haul bridge building supplies from the Great Northern station upstream at Vulcan to Beverly, where the mile long bridge over the Columbia was being constructed.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Priest Rapids Dam Railroad Spur

Courtesy of the Grant PUD Archives.

This December 1957 view shows the construction of Priest Rapids Dam near the railroad siding of Priest Rapids on the Hanford Branch. Note the new railroad spur to get construction materials into the site.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Taunton Substation

Courtesy of the Othello Community Museum.

This is the recently completed substation at Taunton in 1919. This was the first substation along the Coast Division outside of Othello. Commercial power was supplied to the substation at 100,000 volts a.c. and then converted to 3000 volts d.c. via motor-generator sets inside the building.  The power was then transmitted to the overhead wires above the tracks for the electric locomotives to use.   The number 21 came from all the substations along the line being numbered from east to west. The proposed substations between Othello and Avery, ID were never built.