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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

1949 Electric City Rail And Material Yard

July 31, 1949 photo.

Yard location is now well underneath the waters of Banks Lake.

Closeup of the yard area. Edge of the photo cuts off the rest of the yard. Hopefully the remaining part of the image will turn up someday.

Monday, July 24, 2017

1910 Waterville Railway Train Departing

Courtesy of Darrin Nelson and his fine blog. See it here.

Though the photo says 1914, the date is thought to be 1910.

Note the depot behind the last three baggage cars.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

1962 Quincy Depot View

George Simonson photo. Courtesy of Allen Miller.

Note: This is not the one torn down in March of 2017.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

1978 Burlington Northern Crossing Franchise Grant

Crossing is located in the bottom right of the image below. Likely was constructed to get then access to Willamette Industries (now International Paper), Union Carbide (now REC Silicon, where there area  couple of early BN boxcars rusted to the rail on the spur there), and International Titanium (long a source of contaminants in the air, now gone and a cement powder unloading station for AAA Readymix is located there.