Saturday, April 30, 2022

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Rumors Of Sunken Safe Leak From Train Wreck Of 1906

From the Wenatchee "World."

August 15, 1993

More about the wreck behind the legend of sunken treasure in the Columbia River below Rock Island Dam.

One Man Killed And Ten Injured In Train Wreck

From the Wenatchee "World."

January 25, 1906

This is the wreck that started the legend of sunken treasure in the Columbia River below Rock Island Dam.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

BNSF Adrian View

Photo courtesy of Bill Edgar.

March 7, 2016

Bill says:

"Eight is enough GE power to keep this Z train moving west at Adrian, WA. The train is en route to Seattle from Chicago, and will arrive in Wenatchee, WA for a crew change in about 90 minutes or so."

Friday, April 22, 2022

Loading Apples At Wenatchee

From the Holly Sparks collection.

1903 timeframe.

Boxes of packed apples being unloaded from wagons onto Great Northern railcars in Wenatchee. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

BNSF 9802 At Trinidad

Photo courtesy of Bill Edgar.

March 07, 2013

Bill says:

"BNSF 9802, an SD70MAC, in BN's older executive scheme brings up the rear of an eastbound coal empty that has taken the siding at Trinidad, WA for a meet. Even the rear end of the unit shows a touch of class with the Great Northern inspired V on the lower part of its nose."

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

BN 6919 At Odessa

Photo courtesy of Bill Edgar.

July 16, 1977

Bill says:

"Remarks & Notes 

BN 6919 has its westbound freight tucked into the siding at Odessa, WA as an eastbound meets it. Odessa is about halfway between Spokane and Wenatchee, WA on the former GN mainline."

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

BN 1792 Near Palisades

Photo courtesy of Bill Edgar.

April 1983

Bill says:

"A hint of Big Sky Blue betrays the GN heritage of BN GP9 1792 leading its Mansfield branch local upgrade out of the Columbia River Valley at Palisades with 40 empty 40 ft. grain boxcars in tow. This was one of BN's last lines to use boxcars instead of covered hoppers due to light rail on the line."

Monday, April 18, 2022

BN F45 The Wrong Way At Trinidad

Photo by Bill Edgar.

March 06, 1980

Bill says:

"Operating long hood first in a salute to the preference of previous owner Great Northern, BN 6603 has Train 3 pretty much on schedule after losing the lead SD45 at Quincy, WA due to a wheel failure that required it to be set out. The engineer hangs out the window of the trailing SD40-2 to see the track ahead as the train continues to Wenatchee where another SD will be added to the front. Probably the closest thing to experiencing a BN "Big Boy".

Sunday, April 17, 2022

BN 9851 At Wenatchee

Photo courtesy of Cody White. 

Cody says:

"Burlington Northern SDP40 9851 charges through Wenatchee, WA September 3, 1970. The 9851 was built in May 1966 as GN 321 and was renumbered BN 6395 in April 1974. The 6395 was wrecked at Helena, MT in January 1988 and sold to Montana Rail Link in May 1988, becoming MRL 290. Unknown Photographer duplicate slide from my Collection."

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Othello View

Photographer unknown.

Prior to 1959 when the GP9s were renumbered.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Beverly Bridge Opening Sneak Peek

I was invited to take a sneak peek of the nearly complete Milwaukee Road bridge over the Columbia River. Our tour happened on March 22.

Mark Borleske has been the moving force behind getting station signs and points of interest installed along the entire Palouse To Cascades State Park trail. He invited me and my wife along for a trip across the bridge. Also along that day was Wayne Monger. I regret not recalling the fellow from the State Park system who was tasked with putting the bridge into shape for pedestrians.

Mark brought 2 bicycles along, and allowed me to borrow the other to ride across the bridge. Our guide also rode along. That said, we stayed with the rest of the group who walked, until reaching the east end of the bridge. We then rode out to  the Beverly depot site for photos.

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