Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.
"CW Local departs Coulee City, WA on October 11, 1980 with 15 40-foot
boxcars of grain bound for west-coast export behind a mix of mostly
former Northern Pacific F9A and B's and a GP7 and GP9--and one former
SP&S F3, 712.
"Most of the cars wear BN paint--the rest a mix
of Great Northern and Burlington. Why no unpainted NP boxcars? A close
look at the repainted cars might answer that question: 10 of the 11
repainted cars appear to be former Northern Pacific B2's. The freight
car nerd within me wonders why the NP cars were repainted at a faster
rate than the GN or CB&Q 40-foot cars?
"I did the same shot 10
months later--still F-units and geeps, but this time, all covered
hoppers. The only 40' boxcars seen were being used to haul grain off the