This site features daily historical railroad posts from the Big Bend/Columbia Plateau region of Washington state.
Monday, February 28, 2022
Residents Fear Corridor Used Only For 'Trail'
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Wants Truck Line Instead Of Rail Spur To Dam
Wilbur And Almira Dig Out As Waters Recede; Loss High
Saturday, February 26, 2022
1980 Creston View
Friday, February 25, 2022
Thursday, February 24, 2022
PCC Train At Mondovi
Courtesy of Lauren Scrafford.
"Palouse River and Coulee City, PCC 2353 leads a W/B 49 car freight through the S curve west of Mondovi, WA on October 3, 2005 with WAMX 4018 & BLMR 799. This W/B had 48 XTY grain hoppers for distribution on the west end of the line and 1 flatcar loaded with John Deere Farm Tractors. We followed this one from Cheney to Coulee City."
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
BN Caboose At Hite
Photo courtesy of Rick Morgan.
"Westbound grain empties on the CW branch headed for Coulee City at Hite WA on 4 August 1990."
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
1908 NP AFE Deep Creek Water Supply
Monday, February 21, 2022
April 28, 2017
Sunday, February 20, 2022
BN Train At Cement
"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 Eleanor spur."
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Hartline, Washington: before breakfast-o’clock in the midst of temperatures tumbling into inhumane depths; when one can scarcely feel his digits ditch lights reach into the darkness and find Conductor Gary Durr wading through drifted and drifting snow to hold a job briefing with Dave Reagan, his Engineer, where Durr will briefly escape the inclemency in the relative warmth of the cab as they assess the situation and plan their next few moves. Railroaders have been at war with the elements for generations, hence there is nothing extraordinary about this scene. Yet, it is a glimpse into one such campaign in that perpetual conflict between man; his machines; his – a la Nietzsche – indomitable Will to Power and what is Force Majeure. To-wit: the crew confronts myriad complications: frozen switch locks; compacted, snowed-in switches and “throwing” them means throwing your back – all your living and dead might – into bending frozen steel to one’s will; bad, if not non-existent footing; air hoses and the air that passes through them frozen, unbendable and impassable; not to mention the overarching mental and physical fatigue all while ensuring that each move is orchestrated according to a detailed, sequential plan: switches lined, handbrakes set, derails dropped, cars properly spotted, working in between unaired cars and 200-plus-ton locomotives. These men; this Band of Brothers, they have each other’s six every-single-step of the way for any lapse or deviation from said maneuver or miscommunication is consequential. The demand for unflagging concentration is nothing short of supreme as the wind mercilessly knifes its icy blades into any exposed skin and through as many layers of clothing, and any romantic notion of railroading leaves you as quickly as the boreal vacuum sucks the warmth from your body.
Friday, February 18, 2022
Two Mile Tunnel Is New Superlative For Coulee
Coulee Dam Railroad Celebration Outlined
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Hill At Republic
Railroad Crop Analysis Lists Bumper Harvests
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
1917 NP AFE Creston Area ROW Fence
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
1921 NP AFE Reardan-Davenport Area Culverts
Monday, February 14, 2022
"Boiling heat, summer stench…”
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Abandoned Line Has Farmers Out On A Rail
Enjoin NP Moses Lake Track Project
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Mansfield Branch View
Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.
"Irrigatin': Pivot sprinklers tic-tic-tic-ticking as Burlington Northern's Withrow Turn heads up the Mansfield Branch a few miles up Palisades Canyon on August 1, 1983. Tic-tic-tic. . .like an ear worm now."
Friday, February 11, 2022
Commence Laying Steel June 1st
MacKean Failed At Waterville
Thursday, February 10, 2022
December 1, 2017