Monday, July 31, 2023

GN Train At Fairchild

Thanks to Ryan Reed for pointing this one out. Good chance this is Galena though.

Currently US 2 passes below the overpass.

Sunday, July 30, 2023

New Car Mover At Coulee City

First spotted by me on December 20, 2022, though it was probably around for a few weeks prior. Gone is the old 8 wheel tractor. This new vehicle is stored nearby in a shop.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Waterville Railway Depot For Sale

Sale started in July 2023 after the longtime owner had passed. I attended a garage sale there in June before the listing happened. Of note, of all the professional pictures I borrowed below, none showed the original toilet area. I took a grab shot photo during the garage sale, which I will post first.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

GN Rock Island Bridge View

I've posted this before, but this is a much cleaner view of the GN bridge at Rock Island, before it was doubled in 1926.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Rock Island Dam View

No specific date, but pre 1942, as the large industrial plant at Rock Island hasn't been constructed yet.

Note the siding along the main on the lower right of the river. There was a small relocation project just upstream of the dam that had the curve into the river, right side center of image, straightened out. The adjacent highway also was straightened out. 

Monday, July 24, 2023

Electric City Yard View

No specific date, though likely late 1930s.

Penstocks have been formed here and are awaiting the final trip to placement in Grand Coulee Dam.

Monday, July 17, 2023

1975 Crater View

Photo courtesy of Ken Albrecht.

Ken says:

"BN crew aboard BN painted xNP GP9 + 4 cars + caboose assigned to the Quincy Local travel East along upper level of Trinidad Loop situated in Washington state circa May, 1975."

Sunday, July 16, 2023

1980 BN Quincy View

Photo courtesy of Blair Kooistra.

September 3, 1980

Blair says:

"I've always favored the *next* frame with the head end much closer to the camera. . .but I'm glad I kept this one, for it has much for railroady-flavor with the brakeman hanging far out of the cab to snag the orders off the delivery fork (though this was CTC territory, perhaps some slow order changes?) as train #130--or maybe it was #198?--roars east over the 3rd Avenue crossing and past the depot at Quincy, Washington, at the top of the Trinidad hill grade on September 3, 1980.

"Burlington Northern has been around for six months and a decade, but there's plenty of old Great Northern feel with a 1960s depot with classic modern font not yet in BN green and white, while on the running track, the Spud Local idles--at lunch maybe?--with a pair of classic long-hood-forward ex-GN GP9s. Welded rail has yet to arrive, and guys like Paul Springowski and Michael Green can get their woodies drooling over that classic crew-cab pickup in the parking lot, too. And--hey!--you can just make out the nose of my 1978 Toyota Corolla (the Atomic Cockroach) in beautiful deep brown paint and disco trim stripes.

"There's certainly a lot to see here."

Saturday, July 15, 2023

CW Local At Cement

Photo courtesy of Blair Kooistra.

October 11, 1980

Blair says:
"One more to break your hearts: CW Local tops the hill out of Coulee City, Washington,and near the Cement siding on October 11, 1980, on its way back to Cheney and Spokane.

"Sure, that is a pretty kick-ass set of locomotives up front--five F's, a couple of geeps, with an assortment of models and former owners--but what strikes me now from that day is the solid string of 40-foot boxcars still soldiering on in grain servce.

"Grain boxes held on until the abandonment of the Eleanor spur south of Davenport on the CW branch--that must've been 83-84--but even on this date,heavy covered hoppers were being used into Coulee City. Only the car forwarder likely knows "why" it was nothing but old boxcars being used on this date.

"Eleven of the 15 boxcars on this train wear Burlington Northern paint, and a close inspection would reveal nearly all of these are former Northern Pacific boxcars that enjoyed longevity due to NP's rebuilding of the cars in the 1960s. The majority of the cars that didn't get repainted were former GN or CB&Q cars, which didn't receive life-extension work, as I understood it. You'll find one Burlington car in the train, and three GN's: one in jade green, one ancient relic in the 1940's small-road name livery, and one really rusted and crapped out box that demonstrates how poorly the brilliant vermillion paint held up over thirty years."