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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

1910 GN Wreck At Harrington

Thanks to Len Robertson for coming across this and passing it my way.

From "The Harrington Citizen."

June 3, 1910






Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bluestem AFE's

This is a summary to the "Applications For Expenditures" (AFE) files which were project files for all purchases, construction or removal of facilities or equipment from Great Northern property. These files sometimes contain correspondence, invoices, blueprints and other project information, and often contain insight into events or changes in a specific area at a point in time.

As a summary, it does give a look into the changes made over the years.

From the GN-NP Archives.

1909 Construct passing track
1912 Construct ROW fence one mile east
1914 Move mail crane
1914 Relay and extend passing track
1918 Replace mail crane
1919 Replace worn angle bars Bluestem to 4 1/2 miles east
1922 Install second track Bluestem to Lamona
1923 Remodel bridge no. 292 for highway
1925 Relay rail anchors Bluestem to Lamona
1925 Construct ROW fence
1927 Conveyance of property
1928 Accounting adjustment Bluestem to Peach Line
1929 Move section house from Myncaster
1931 Donation of property
1933 Sale of part of Peach line for highway
1936 Retire bunk house and section houses
1938 Place automatic switch at Bluestem and Lamona
1939 Place automatic switch at Bluestem and bridge no. 292
1940 Move depot to Chewelah
1941 Replace ties plates between Bluestem and Lamona
1941 Retire ROW Bluestem to Peach
1944 Relay tie plates Bluestem to Lamona
1945 Construct ROW fence
1949 Bluestem to Lamona relay 21.2 miles of Westbound main line
1950 Bluestem to Lamona relay 21.4 miles of track
1960 Place annunciator
1962 Retire shelter shed

Friday, May 12, 2017

Moscow AFE's

This is a summary to the "Applications For Expenditures" (AFE) files which were project files for all purchases, construction or removal of facilities or equipment from Great Northern property. These files sometimes contain correspondence, invoices, blueprints and other project information, and often contain insight into events or changes in a specific area at a point in time.

As a summary, it does give a look into the changes made over the years.

From the GN-NP Archives.

Note: Moscow name changed to Bluestem 

1899 Install private crossing
1900 Construct industry track and extend passing track
1901 Line change
1901 Extend industry track
1901 Place section house
1901 Construct tool house
1902 Dig well for section house
1902 Bank widening
1902 Change in telegraph line-Moscow to Harrington
1899 Install private crossing
1900 Construct industry track and extend passing track
1901 Line change
1901 Extend industry track
1901 Place section house
1901 Construct tool house
1902 Dig well for section house
1902 Bank widening
1902 Change in telegraph line-Moscow to Harrington

Sunday, May 7, 2017

BN Geeps At Coulee City

Photo courtesy of Mike Repp.

March 29, 1987.

"Just a few years after the Burlington Northern F-Units were retired that were often used on this line, I discovered the CW or Central Washington branchline along the pursuits of my railfan adventures. This line's primary function was to provide Eastern Washington grain growers the rail option of shipping their grain to market. This is a former Northern Pacific route that split from the NP mainline at Cheney, WA and made a broad semi circle through the Columbia Plateau passing through the communities of Davenport, Coulee City, Wheeler and rejoining the mainline at Connell, WA. Sometime in the mid 70's BN truncated the line between Coulee City and Wheeler. The line features very light rail and up into the early 80's was restricted to only 40 foot boxcars. During the mid 90's when BN was rationalizing marginally profitable branchlines the CW was discarded by BN and I believe the State of Washington now owns the track. The line is now operated by the Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad and continues to serve its purpose of getting grain to market for some of the smaller Eastern Washington grain producers. Photo taken in Coulee City, WA on March 29, 1987."