Friday, May 31, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Stork Drops In On Burlington Train

From the “Whitefish Pilot.”

March 20, 1913

Without waiting for the formality of a physician's attendance, the presence of a trained nurse or other traditional preparations for his coming, the stork boarded Great Northern passenger train No. 44 soon after it pulled out of Trinidad, Wash., Saturday morning [March 15], and left a cooing eight-pound baby girl with the astonished passengers.

The mother of the infant, Mrs. W. S. Ledbetter, wife of a railway brakeman living at Trinidad, was on her way to Spokane to visit friends. While still west of Wilson Creek the impending visit of the attenuated carrier was known to women on the train, and Mrs. Ledbetter was shown every possible attention.

Trainmen enlisted their aid, and when the cars rolled into Wilson Creek a physician met them, and immediately ministered to the mother and infant.

Arriving in Spokane at 12:15 o'clock an ambulance from the New England company was in waiting, and the pair soon were established in a sunny room at Sacred Heart hospital.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

1979 Naylor Derailment

From the "Grant County Journal."

March 5, 1979

Derailment occurred 2-28-1979.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sparks A Flyin As Train Derails

Cascadian At Trinidad

This view shows the Cascadian having just passed Trinidad on its way towards Seattle. The bridge it is crossing over is no longer there, though the old highway still leads to this location from the north side of the tracks.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Rock N Roll

Tunnel 12 From The Air

Photo courtesy Douglas County.

 This tunnel was located just downstream of Rock Island Dam and north of Columbia River along what is now SR28. It was daylighted in 1957.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Clearing Tonasket Wreckage

Difference Of Decades Bridge 114-Part 2

1947 view of the first train over the bridge, near Bacon, which was needed for the recently constructed main canal.

2012 view.
Bridge was removed in the 1979 scrapping of the line between Odair and Adrian.
Note in the 1947 view there is a pile of rock to the left of the train. This is from carving out the canal out of the basalt and has since been flattened out.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Amtrak Collision

Douglas Creek Bridge

This bridge is not normally seen by anyone except those who drive the Chelan County side of the river, work in local orchards, or work for the railroad.

The current bridge is on the alignment built in 1909. The original line can be seen to the right of the current one in the overhead shot from 1949, or above the bridge in the 2009 shots.

The old bridge abutments were here:
(The first two miles of the Mansfield branch are actually the original alignment as completed in 1893. The photo above shows where the abutment was, but a large curved cut was dug for the branch going up the canyon.)