Wednesday, August 16, 2017

1980 CW Local Near Hartline

Courtesy of Brian Elchlepp.

October 1980

Just departing Hartline headed west. The grain silos of Cement are visible in the distance. Note the telegraph line is standing at this time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

1944 Hanford B Reactor Construction Photo

Courtesy of the Hanford History Project.

Photo from the Department of Energy's Hanford Collection.

Note more GN boxcars in cement service.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

1944 B-Reactor Construction

Courtesy of Vintage Tri-Cities.

The GN boxcars in the center of the photo seem to be in bulk cement loading service, from the amount of white dust seen near the doors.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

1944 Hanford Steam Engines

Courtesy of Vintage Tri-Cities.

According to the roster provided by John Taubeneck, and posted on this site here, the two locomotives on the right are former Western Maryland engines. Not much is known about the one on the left.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

1948 Midway Substation

Courtesy of  Vintage Tri-Cities.

Here is what  that page said about the photo:

"The substation is located near Vernita on the Columbia River Northwest of Richland. Due to the substation being in the middle of a desolate area, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) erected a small community adjacent to the substation for construction workers, substation operators, and maintenance personnel. It was complete with family housing, a dorm for single workers, a fire station, post office, and a school. The first housing was completed in 1942 with an additional 13 residences added later. Trees, flowers, and other landscaping was added as well. The substation also provided power to the Hanford site for the top secret Manhattan project.

"Due to automation of the substation in the late 1980's, there was no longer a need to house workers on site. The small community was removed and the landscape was returned to a desert environment."

Of note to me is the railroad yard in the background, a place called Riverland, where cars from the Milwaukee Road were interchanged to the Hanford Works railroad for further forwarding.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

1949 Million Dollar Mile Area

See what the area looks like today.

You'll note the beginnings of that expensive cut in the basalt on the right hand side, giving rise to the name "Million Dollar Mile."

Of note is the natural body of water, which is crossed by the railroad. The "Speedball Highway" is to the right of the railroad.

Monday, July 31, 2017

1949 Coulee City Area

See what it looks like today.

Full view of the Coulee City area. The dam was in place, but what we know as Banks Lake hasn't been filled yet.

The wye at Odair was in place, as were tracks going up to Grand Coulee Dam. Also note the track that goes along towards the right of the crop, and connects with the south leg of the wye, is still in place at this time. This small section was abandoned in 1953.  The US Construction Railroad yard at Odair is still populated with cars, and there is track up to the maintenance building, though I didn't include that in the cropped image. That building still stands today.

This crop of Coulee City shows lots of things that are gone now, like the coaling dock, roundhouse, and turntable, along with the related small buildings. The depot is in it's original position. The Centennial Mills crib elevator and flathouse, along the south side of the tracks west of the depot, are still there today, along with an additional crib elevator and storage bins. Of course the depot is still in town, having been shifted slightly south and east of the position seen here, and two large concrete grain silos built on the site.