Sunday, February 23, 2020

1901 Wilson Creek View

Courtesy of the Grant County Historical Society.

Note the large coaling dock in use, as this was an intermediate terminal, located about half way between Hillyard and Leavenworth. Just behind the lower part of the ramp to the dock is the backside of the roundhouse.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Derailment Tips Grain Cars

From the "Spokesman Review."

April 23, 1984

From the Spokane "Chronicle."

April 23, 1984

Saturday, February 15, 2020

“Knock, Knock…”

Guest post by Frederick Manfred Simon.

February 26, 2017

It’s 02:45 and BNSF ‘70ACe 9211 and mates wait for a fresh crew to bring its loaded unit grain train through the load/unload shed of Highline Grain at Four Lakes and back down to the BNSF main some seven mile poles south in Cheney. 

Contract Let For NP Branch

From the Wenatchee "World."

June 10, 1909

Friday, February 7, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Dam Tourist Train

Courtesy of the Coulee Pioneer Museum.

August 31, 1947

Telephoto view of the west parking lot showing the crowded conditions of the parking lot over the Labor day weekend, in which about 12,000 people visited the dam. Much of the afternoon found the lot so full that a guard was posted to turn the traffic away from the lot for lack of additional parking space. Many cars were parked along the streets in "engineers town." Additional guards aided in handling the parking and movement of cars in the parking lot.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Here Come The Waters Of The Equalizing Reservoir

On September 30, 1951, this image was captured as water was being pumped out of the Columbia River at Grand Coulee Dam. It flowed through the feeder canal into the upper section of the Grand Coulee that had been dammed off at both ends. The water was going to be used to prime the irrigation system that had been constructed as part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project.
The Equalizing Reservoir would go on to be renamed Banks Lake, in honor of Frank Banks, the construction engineer behind the building of the dam.
In the photo below, the rising waters will cover most everything in the coulee. The old railroad grade and a portion of the Speedball highway are beginning to disappear under the water. Seep lakes will disappear, as well as old homestead sites, farms, and orchards.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

1930s Ephrata View

Courtesy of the Grant PUD Archives.

Note the depot in the center, with the outfit cars, painted white, on the industry track. There are 3 wheat loading warehouses along the same track.  The water tank is slightly away from the tracks, but there is a standpipe that can be accessed by trains on the main or the siding track. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

1987 Mansfield Branch Bridge 41

Courtesy of Darrin Nelson

Photo by Henry Tupling.

Bridge #41 on the Mansfield Branch Line shown here just before it was torn down. This bridge spanned the Dutch Henry Draw east of Withrow, Wash. for almost 80 years. A company named Asset Recovery Group was responsible for the removal of the line.