Photos courtesy of Kirk Carlson. From the Otto Mears collection.
Dates are from 1905 to 1915 timeframe.
Farmers Grain and Supply.
Farmers Grain and Supply.
Washington Grain Milling.
Guest post by Darrin Nelson.
The Withrow Depot was built in 1909 and remained in operation until it was retired and sold in 1936. Some time after that it was divided in two and moved. One half (passenger side), was moved just a couple hundred yards from its original location to Main Street in Withrow. The other half (freight side), was apparently relocated to a farm some place near Withrow. In 2006, the depot half in Withrow was torn down. It is unclear if the other half remains today.
Passenger section of depot in Withrow. c. 1998 photo.
Passenger section of depot in Withrow. c. 2002 photo.
Passenger section of depot in Withrow. date unknown.
Passenger section of depot in Withrow. 2002 photo.
Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.
"Pinch me. I'm surely dreaming.
"Forty years after Milwaukee Road abandoned its mainline across the Northern States, precious few pieces of it remain as viable transportation routes. Twenty miles of it from Othello to Royal City Junction in Washington state has teetered on the edge of viability for decades; now owned by the Port of Royal Slope and operated by ColumbiaRail as the Washington Royal Line, this mainline section and the six-mile Royal City branch is attempting another revival to secure its future.
Traffic has been sporadic, but Port officials are hopeful that this attempt will be successful.
Moving slowly eastward to Othello and interchange with Columbia Basin Railroad, six empty fertilizer cars cross a fill on the flank of the desolate Saddle Mountains between Smyrna and Corfu on September 30, 2020. A former MRL SD45, #331 leads this improbable train on trackage that logically should have been removed forty years ago. In this case, it's a good thing that logic doesn't always prevail."
Photo courtesy of Bill Edgar.
"Rush hour in Wenatchee, BN style five years into the 1970 merger. Far left, a former GN caboose, still red, observes a westbound freight ready to depart on the mainline featuring the usual GP9/F7B/GP9 helper set on the rear. They ran on both the rear and cut into the trains. Closer to the camera two pairs of Geeps also occupy the mainline, apparently preparing to set up on various locals based out of Wenatchee. Likely candidates was the Oroville train, and maybe a Winton local. Another local would have been the Spud local to Quincy, the Mansfield local or the Alcoa switching job."
Photos courtesy of Bill Edgar.
March 07, 2013
"BNSF 3130 and 3120, both GP50s, lead a westbound Quincy Local into Trinidad, WA at MP 1625 on its return from Quincy, WA to Wenatchee's Appleyard. The train operates weekdays as a turn originating in Appleyard and occasionally may run as far east as Ephrata, WA."