Saturday, May 7, 2011

Soap Lake 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.

1909    Install ROW fence
1911    Construct public crossing
1911    Construct private crossing
1910    Move 24x28 depot from Odessa to Soap Lake
1912    Construct private crossing
1912    Install ROW fence
1913    Install mail crane
1914    Extend passing track 989 feet.
1917    Move privy
1918    Install train order signal
1923    Install electric lights in depot
1923    Relay rail in passing track less than 75#.
1926    Remove mail trucks
1928    Place derail on industry track
1929    Remove passing track
1929    Replace mail crane
1929    Upgrade turnouts with 110# rail
1941    Train order signal to Valley
1941    Remove station equipment
1945    Move watchman’s house from Columbia River for depot
1947    Relay rail Wilson Creek to Soap Lake
1948    Relay rail
1949    Relay rail
1953    Construct private crossing
1954    Construct highway underpass
1957    Improve clearance of communication facilities
1963    Remove industry track

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