Sunday, July 21, 2013

1978 Coulee City Runaway Boxcar

From the "News & Standard" photo archive, courtesy ShirleyRae Maes.

No date.

Unknown why this boxcar has gone off the end of the track beyond the grain elevators in Coulee City.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

1976 Doris

Photo courtesy of Gary Brown.

West switch four years after the electricity had been turned off.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cascadian At Trinidad

1940s view of the Great Northern daytime train across Washington State. Note the warehouse on the right-hand side of the view is still standing in 2016.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Doles Spur

Doles Spur is between Mitchell Spur (K142) and Gloyd (K149). It was
constructed as a gravel pit spur during construction of the Connell Northern Railway
Company. It was later named Nagel Spur. Nagel was established as a station
in October 1, 1911 and was named after a man who was land agent for the Grant
Realty Company of Milwaukee. He owned lands in the vicinity of Moses Lake
near here. A Fred Nagel took up a homestead near here about the year 1906
but evidently later moved to Twin Falls, Idaho. Along the line of time, the
name was changed to Banks and then back to Nagel. The reason for Dole and Banks
is probably the same, after someone who had influence. The town, under any
name, never grew large enough for a post office. Grant County, Washington
(Section 18, Township 20 North, Range 28 East)
Station K145, from Connell, MP 45.6 originally, then from Cheney, MP 139.9
to 141.2 (depending on the year)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

NP Trackage Rights On GN At Adrian

From: The Application of the Northern Pacific Railway Company

Before the Interstate Commerce Commission

Filed Nov. 6, 1933.

In the matter of the application of the Northern Pacific Railway Company for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a new line of railroad from a connection with applicant’s existing line at Odair, Washington, to a point at the head of the Grand Coulee above the proposed Columbia River dam in Grant County, Washington

Page 5

 (p) Applicant (NP) is negotiating with the Great Northern Railway Company with a view to having the latter company share equally in the cost of construction and ownership of said proposed branch line of railroad, with a grant to the Great Northern Railway Company of trackage rights on the present line of the Northern Pacific between Adrian, Washington and Odair. In the event that some such contract arrangement is made between the two companies proper applications to this Commission for approval thereof and for the necessary certificates of public convenience and necessity will be made.


Charles Donnelly

Monday, July 8, 2013

Purdy Scrapyard Site

Along the old Air Base Spur outside of Ephrata.

October 6, 2005

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Map Of Proposed Ritzville Branch

Undated photo showing the branch as a dotted line between Ritzville and Schrag and between Warden and Ellensburg. In fact there were about 5 surveys made and I will be posting those soon.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2009 EWG Locomotives At Davenport

As of this writing, the 2 SD45s have been retired and the GP7 has been repainted into an NP style scheme and is still running on the railroad.

June 24, 2009 photo date.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Douglas Creek Bridge Locations

Located just south of Columbia River and north of Vulcan, the first two photos show the abutment locations of the original wooden trestle from the original alignment of the Great Northern.

The first two miles of the branch to Mansfield are also a part of this original alignment and you can see where the branch curved away from the bridge location to the right of the upper photo just below the trees.

Across the river you can see the 1909 alignment and the current bridge over the creek. Note the line in the hillside of the old mainline/Mansfield branch.