Columbia Basin 1626 near Schaefer, WA on the Schrag Line
CBRW #1626 (former BNSF/BN/NP in BNSF heritage colors)GP 9 leads 26 Washington Grain Train cars west, from the elevator at Schrag Washington in 2003. This elevator loads out about eighteen unit trains of grain per year. This is a former Northern Pacific branch line that is FRA exempted and limited to 10 miles per hour.
Bassett Junction Meet
The Wheeler/Moses Lake local led by former BNSF 1626 and former ATSF 2282 are heading north to Wheeler in May of 2004 at Bassett Junction, while former ATSF 2294 running long hood forward is held at Bassett Junction as it comes off the Schrag Line with a unit grain train of 26 cars. This is the only time I have a seen a meet here between Columbia Basin trains.
Washington Central Yard Warden, Washington
I shot this photo in the summer of 1994 when on vacation to the Pacific Northwest. It shows W.C.R.C 201 and 212 plus 203 switching the yard that day. Note the Seattle Seahawk inspired Seahawk on the hood of the former Missouri Pacific SW 1200's. As noted in the introduction Washington Central was the predecessor to the Columbia Basin.
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