Sunday, May 20, 2018

1890 Spokane Falls Map-Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern

Black line coming from the red circle in center heading up towards left then around the left edge of map before departing the edge at bottom left.

The bridge over the Spokane river was also used by the GN, along with the connecting track to the center of town, until the GN built their own bridge across the river.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

US Construction Railroad Construction News Clippings

Courtesy of Jay Kemble.

From the "Okanogan County Rancher."
March 20, 1936

From the "Spokane Chronicle."
December 21, 1934

Friday, May 18, 2018

Adrian Roundhouse And Turntable Views

Vintage photos courtesy of the NP Telltale.

See this location today here.

In the background you can see Northern Pacific Bridge 59 crossing over the Great Northern tracks. The GN depot and train order signal is peeking from the left of the building in the top center.

There is no sign of the roundhouse having been built, but you can still walk around in the turntable pit and there is still a piece of concrete in the middle with a 1903 cast date in it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sinkholes On The Mansfield Branch

Photos courtesy of Scott Reiman of Douglas County Road Department.

May 2000

Good thing these sinkholes over the tunnel near McCue developed in 2000. The line was abandoned in 1985 and the tunnel sealed off at that time. It did make a mess of the county road that passed over the top.

Monday, May 14, 2018

1956 GN Electrics At Wenatchee

These popped up on Ebay recently, coupled with a page of photos of Grand Coulee Dam.

Thanks to Kurt Moose for bringing these to my attention!

5011 sitting at the engine house at Appleyard. As I recall, it was the last of the Y class engines to go to the Pennsylvania Railroad.

All of the class Z-1 engines lined up east of the main yard, likely before movement to the scrapper.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Milwaukee Train 200 At Warden

Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.

Train #200, eastbound at Warden, WA

Crossing the gap on the beautiful summer afternoon of August 29, 1978 with units 44/135/182 on 60 cars. ABS signalling with GRS searchlights were in use between Othello and Marengo.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Difference Of Decades Adrian Trestle Number 59

Vintage 1936 photo courtesy of the NP Telltale.

2018 view.

In the 1936 view you can see a signal mast underneath the bridge in the distance. The concrete pad for it still exists today.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ross Sterling Mystery Photo-Milwaukee Road At Where?

Photo by Ross Sterling.

Scan attempts made by numerous people. Thanks to all that tried to help.

The late Ross Sterling of Moses Lake had a couple of poorly exposed photos in his collection. Here is the second one:

Hard to tell much of what is going on here, other than a GP9 on the point. The cleanup attempts from my friends did help:

Now we can see the lead unit number, 289, which was known to be assigned to the Mosey Local for quite some time up to 1980. What is not known is the location of the photo, nor what kind of GE locomotive is trailing the 289. Anyone care to hazard a guess?

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ross Sterling Mystery Photo-Burlington Northern At Wheeler

Photo by Ross Sterling.

Scan attempts made by numerous people. Thanks to all that tried to help.

The late Ross Sterling of Moses Lake had a couple of poorly exposed photos in his collection. Here is the first one:

 I could tell this was taken outside of Moses Lake at Wheeler, and likely in the 1983 timeframe, as there were a few photos also at Wheeler from that timeframe. Could I get help from some of my friends to pull more details out of this negative?

Sunday, May 6, 2018

1893 Douglas Creek Bridge Construction Photo

Photographer unknown. Thanks to Mac McCulloch for pointing this one out.

Enough details can be observed to give one an educated guess that this is the original bridge over Douglas Creek, between Columbia River and Vulcan.

This line was replaced in 1902 by the current line, still in use by BNSF.

See this location today.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dry Coulee Bridge No. 118

Vintage pictures courtesy of the NP Telltale.

Bridge No. 118  was formerly numbered 12.4. It crossed a ravine and had 33 wooden trestle bents. It was the largest bridge with 522 feet of length and 63 feet tall over the deepest part of the ravine. It was partially renewed in 1935 and 1931. It was on a 3 degree curve but was on the level.