Saturday, April 27, 2013

Quincy Derailment

May 25, 1989

Read more about it here.

Trestle West Of Taunton

Photo of what is now a very large fill just west of Taunton.

Here is a my shot of the same location, but from the other side, back in 2009.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Milwaukee At St. Maries, ID

1949 Trinidad Sand Spur

Photo courtesy Douglas County.

Note you can see the grade for the old 1892 alignment between the railroad grade and the newly constructed highway.  Great Northern loaded sand and gravel out of here for years. Visitors to this site today will see many fine homes built between the railroad grade and the river. There is also a highway department sand loadout next to the highway between the fill and cut that provides a commanding view of the area below.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ephrata Crossing Lights

March 2011

Dry Coulee Siphon

Interesting to note that the cut in the basalt above the siphon is the railroad grade and nearby is the Winston-Utah Spur, where cars of cement were set out for this big pour. The "town" of Adco is about 1/2 mile to the right of the photo.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Edwall News

December 9, 1993

Spirit Of Washington Dinner Train

The Columbia Basin Railroad operated the Spirit of Washington Dinner train out of Renton. After its operation was discontinued, the cars were stored in the Moses Lake area while the locomotives were stored at the CBRW shop in Yakima.

The cars actually sat outside the old U&I sugar plant at Wheeler, though the actual railroad location on the former Milwaukee Road track was Scalley.

A pre-arranged visit on November 6, 2012 found the cars being prepped for their new owners in California. The multi-year storage at Scalley let some of the cars become infested with mice. All the cars were to have their wheels replaced and the brakes inspected and upgraded.

Power car.

UP 8000 - ["City of Los Angeles"-4/55], Auto Train 800 (6/72), Roy Thorpe/Falcon Safety Products Mountainside NJ (2/81), Washington Central WCRC 800, then WCRC 106 (1990) "Mt. Rainier" for the "Spirit of Washington Dinner Train" - fluting added under the windowband. Relettered CBRW (Columbia Basin Railway) 11/02.


Chateau Ste Michelle

Old U&I sugar plant silos.

Remaining cars on the other side of the sugar plant.

City of Seattle.

City of Renton.

Columbia Winery


City of Renton dome.

City of Renton galley.

City of Renton galley.

City of Seattle lounge.

City of Seattle dome.