Photo courtesy Blair Kooistra.
September 16, 1981
Blair says: "Westbound train #79 climbs through Harrington, Washington, behind a new SD40-2 and two SD45s on the former Great Northern mainline across eastern Washington. Approximately 25 miles of railroad from Bluestem to Lamona were doubletracked in the steam era to ease operating bottlenecks on the .8% ruling westbound grade. The railroad was operated under "current of traffic" rules, running right-handed. Train #79 was a priority manifest train that handled a big cut of piggyback traffic, back in the days before dedicated intermodal trains were coming."