Thursday, April 22, 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

BN Mansfield Turn Near McCue

Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.

Blair says:

"A pair of former Northern Pacific GP9's sand their way up the 2% grade through Slack Canyon, emerging from a tunnel above Douglas Creek on the ex-Great Northern branch to Mansfield, Washington, on August 1, 1983, a string of otherwise-obsolete 40-foot boxcars trailing bound for grain loading on the Columbia plateau above."


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Milwaukee Power At Othello

Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.

Blair says:

"Just as their Box Cab predecessors did just a decade before, a pair of SD40-2s idle at the roundhouse on the Milwaukee Road at Othello, Washington, in August 1978.
The railroad, in later years especially, was always tight on power, so most eastbound trains into Othello would cut locomotives for the lighter grades of "The Gap" across Eastern Washington, adding more power either at Saint Maries, Idaho, for the climb across the Bitterroot Mountains or cutting in helpers at Avery. Westbound trains would add those locomotives for the Transcontinental's toughest grade across the Saddle Mountains, just to the west of Othello.
These two locomotive were likely left by that afternoon's train #200, and will go back west to Tacoma on #201."


Monday, April 12, 2021

BN Malaga Area View

Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.

Blair says:

"TEENAGE-ADVENTURE: A couple days after meeting the memorable Michael "Mad Dog" Sawyer at UP Junction in Tacoma, the two of us made the first of many rail photo trips together, over to Wenatchee in July 1978. We were just out of high school. Here's train #74 eastbound east of Malaga with an old GE U33C up front. But the REAL adventure came later. . ."


 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

2015 CBRW At Frischknecht

Photo by Jonathan Fischer.

February 13, 2015.

Jonathan says:

" Columbia Basin Railroad 2294 crosses Buehler Road near Frischknecht, Washington with a northbound freight for Warden on the afternoon of February 13, 2015. Moving dead in tow is CBRY 652, formerly of the MRL. It was delivered to CBRY by BNSF at Connell earlier in the afternoon."


 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Vintage 1948 GN Views

Courtesy of Pete Kruml.

Between Malaga and the bridge at Rock Island.



Looking railroad east at the Wenatchee depot.



Train stopped at the Wenatchee depot.




Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Ferrovian Hephaestus-Aka Railroad Jedi

Courtesy of Frederick Manfred Simon.

December 1, 2017


Being a shortline railroader means that one must be a master of many trades. What was it Yoda once said so succinctly and poignantly? “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Here, my colleague Jeff Wall, like a Jedi Knight doing battle with a Sith switch stand cuts a truculent switch lock as scintillating sparks slice through the scene like so many lasers. In no time there’ll be a new lock installed, and order will be restored in the Eastern Washington Gateway galaxy – for the moment.


 

Friday, March 19, 2021

"Almira Anthology"

Guest post by Frederick Manfred Simon.

January 4, 2018 and July 14. 2017

A collection of images I’ve made over the last year in Almira: specifically of the Almira Farmer’s Warehouse Blacksmithery filled with wondrous ferrous homo sapiens artifacts has given rise to my first photographic anthology. Except for the weathered, just wide enough for a horse-drawn freight wagon doors, it’s contemporary aluminum-sheathed anterior is still colorfully adorned in Christmas spirit where “Glenn” toils during the day. A good-natured deadpan wheat farmer and metallurgical Hephaestus. ¶ It’s been on my cerebral bucket list for a while now: I just didn’t know how the “shot” would go down. Always wondering if I’d manage to get the image I’d envisioned. Until tonight. ¶ We’d worked through the darkness and our service time was dwindling when it was decided to tie our train down east of the east crossing in Almira adjacent the CWGG crib elevators where the platform used to load 40’ grain-service boxcars remains. Near where the once prominent two-story depot and water tower stood and, until very recently, some of the oldest rail on the line – 1889 56# – had been replaced. It’s an unusual location to tie down, I might add. Making this scene a rare capture. ¶ I hadn’t yet thought that this was the perfect opportunity to bag that yet un-had image. But as soon as we rounded the corner of 2nd and Main to head home, where abandoned anachronistic brick buildings with unique facades still stand tall though noticeably crumbling under the increasing weight of years and lack of gentrification, I said: “That’s it!” and turned back. With the townfolk undisturbed by our presence peaceably resting in the smallest hours of the 4th day of the year and regardless of the ugly three hours into the day temperature, I quickly set up, framed and voila! The result was much better than I had envisioned. Not to mention: Who would have ever thought there'd be a Johnny Reb tunnel motor from the land of cotton working on the “CW” in the wheat belt of the Union?