Monday, August 30, 2010


Shano was a community southeast of Othello in southwest Adams County. It was named by railroad officials for J. Shannon, train master for the Northern Pacific Railway at Pasco in 1912. At one time it was listed on maps as Shano Spur. Certainly not much going on there now.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

1920 Portrait at Beverly

I would not recommend this, even if the bridge was still on an active line. The wind might blow you off.

Yes, the names of the people are known, but kept private.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

1949 Rock Island

View is of Keokuk Metals, which is now long shut down after a series of owners and the removal of a few of the buildings. Note the highway goes straight  through what is now the middle of town, and the current highway 28 alignment does not exist, even as a dirt road. Names in the odd shaped squares are the owners of that land.

Photo courtesy Douglas County.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mansfield Branch Wreck

The story goes that a disgruntled worker set some cars loose, and they went off the track a few miles downgrade. Pictures show the cleanup process.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Quincy Derailment 1989

From the "Quincy Valley Post-Register," Quincy, WA

May 25, 1989

The story goes that a drunk driver got stuck on the tracks at the Columbia Way/Road P NW crossing. A westbound train, lead by OWY 9070 hit the car, dragging it a few hundred feet, when the car clipped the industry switchstand on the north side of the tracks, causing the train to derail. The only casualty was the driver of the car. The crew escaped with minor injuries.

GN Bridge Construction at Rock Island

Friday, August 6, 2010

Rare Moses Lake Milwaukee Road Photo


Trackage is currently operated by the Columbia Basin Railway. This is part of the section that the City of Moses Lake wants removed. Note that the Les Schwab dealership is still there.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Adrian Bridge 1979

Right before demolition.

All that survives are the earthen approaches and the concrete supports in Crab Creek. 

Photos courtesy of Nick Nicholas

Monday, August 2, 2010

Moses Lake in 1966

Most of the tracks are still there, except for the wye going off to the right of the photo, and there is very little industry left. The scrapyard is still there, as are most of the buildings to the left of center, though only the propane dealer is still active.