Saturday, November 30, 2013

2010 Bacon Siding

October 21, 2010 hiking trip along the grade through Dry Coulee. The only station on the line through here is Bacon.

This line was abandoned in 1979.

Looking east.

Forgotten railroad tie.

Looking west. 

Looking east.

Looking east.

Looking west just beyond the former west siding switch.
1978 photo of the east siding switch. Dorothy Kimball photo.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Riverland Today

Riverland was once a thriving railroad yard located where the Milwaukee Road Hanford Branch interchanged with the Government Railroad to Hanford. See the period photos here.

You can find the location today here:,-119.723854&spn=0.026233,0.055747&t=h&z=15

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Orphaned Boxcars Move By Truck To NP Tracks

Way back in January 2013 I ran an article with the above title. See it here.

In that piece, I mentioned that the photos were taken by Paul Neihart, then druggist at Coulee City, who took the photos right outside the front door of his store. I asked his daughter, Marsha Neihart, if she might still have those photos. Indeed she did and she recently gave me all of the photos to keep. Here are a few more that I did not post before.

Here is a clipping of the article from the "Spokesman-Review." The top two photos are the very ones sent to the paper for use.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

1944 Grand Coulee Dam

Photo shows the tracks below the completed dam, before the last of them were removed after the May 1948 flooding. Note the bridge over the highway next to the Green Hut restaurant, now the site of the visitor's center.

Friday, November 22, 2013

1934 Grand Coulee Dam

Photo courtesy JPIII.

Photo shows the west side mix plant, and the tracks leading around the hillside to it, at the same level today as the road entrance to the right power house.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

2008 Touhey Elevator Tour

On September 28, 2008, Bob Kelly, of the Great Northern Historical Society gave me and my family a personal tour of the Mansfield Branch of the Great Northern. Here are the photo of our stop at Touhey.

This building is gone now, victim of a wildfire on July 16, 2012.

 View looking south.

 Power for the internal workings of the elevator.

 Looking up into the crib.

Looking downgrade towards Wenatchee.

View looking North.