Saturday, January 13, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Alaska 557 Postcard View

Found this old postcard in the collection of the late Ross Sterling.

While not a view from the Big Bend area, it does show what the 557 did before Monte Holm bought it and brought it to Moses Lake.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Milwaukee Boxcabs at Beverly.

Likely a Gil Hulin photograph.

Found in the collection of the late Ross Sterling.

Late 1960s date?

Friday, January 5, 2018

World War II Era B Reactor Photo

In this photo from World War II, B Reactor can be seen between the water towers on the right side of the photo,  The reactor began operating in September 1944; it was shut down from 1946-1948. Now is part of a museum complex about the place.

See what it looks like today. Only the building between the round water tanks stands today. You can see some of the railroad grade seen in the above photo passing to the south of the building in the current view.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

1947 Olson Spur

Courtesy of the University of Idaho.

Pictures of this short-lived siding are very rare. Thanks to Ted Curphey pointing this one out. I'm quite familiar with this site, as I lived in a house on the corner behind the cement structure. I had always wondered why the railroad code line rose significantly at this site, as if a road had once crossed the tracks here. This photo proves it did have some sort of crossing. This scene shows the cement processing plant installed here to facilitate the lining of the West Canal nearby.

Google maps street view of this spot today. That's my old house back there.

Satellite view of this scene today. Note the short distance to the West Canal, where the cement was being sent to.