Thursday, May 30, 2024

BN Intermodal Approaching Trinidad

Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.

Blair says:

"Bathed in the lurid hue of sunrise on the desert, eastbound hotshot train #4 climbs the 0.8% gradient away from the Columbia River on Burlington Northern's former Great Northern mainline between Wenatchee and Spokane, Washington, at dawn on September 17, 1991.

I was living in Spokane at the time, and a couple of hour drive to Wenatchee before sunrise would usually result in a fleet of eastbound intermodal trains to photograph in morning light climbing the winding gradient in and out of the coulees leading to the Columbia basin."


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Friday, May 24, 2024

Flooding At Stratford

From the Spokane "Chronicle."

March 1, 1957

While this is not the best photo out there, note the Stratford grain elevator in the background on the right side.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

BN 6680 At Ephrata

Photo courtesy of Brian Ambrose.

Brian says:

"Westbound BN train 195 passing through Ephrata, WA on 5-4-85 with units 6680/4002/6328/8097 (SD45/B30-7A/SD40-2/SD40-2)."


Saturday, May 18, 2024

Thursday, May 16, 2024

2019 WER Derailment At Creston

August 28 and 29, 2024

Jury To Travel To Coulee City

From the Spokane "Chronicle."

September 15, 1947

Dan, why are you including this information on your railroad site? This orchard used to ship fruit by rail for many years. I have more clippings to include here as part of a research project I'm working on.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

1933 Coulee City Map

This one is interesting to me for a few reasons. It shows ownership of the Columbia Basin Orchards along the state highway to Grand Coulee. It shows land owned by John Ankney, on whose land a test well was dug to determine if the floor of the upper Grand Coulee would be able to hold water. One of those wells cased tainted groundwater to flow into one of the small natural lakes that the orchards were using to irrigate from, causing the trees to die. A subsequent lawsuit by the orchard owner against the Federal Government, who sponsored the well drilling, was lost by the orchard owner in 1950.

Friday, May 10, 2024

The Future Of This Site?

I'm not quite sure what to do about the notice I got via email today. Partial screen capture shown below.


Pronto Foods Inc, Organized Recently, Will French Fry Potatoes

From "The Northwest."

A bimonthly magazine published by the Northern Pacific. 

January-February 1965

Thursday, May 9, 2024

1933 Bacon Area Land Ownership

I want to point out that either the roads since then have changed a bit (very likely), or the person doing the map made a mistake (also likely). The road now doesn't go south out of Bacon, nor can I see where the old road alignment went south from there, and you can see a lot of where the old road went back in the day.