Southbound Palouse River and Coulee City 792 at Spangle, Wa
Late in the summer of 2001, I followed this Palouse River and Coulee City P&L train from Marshall to Palouse, Washington. Just south of Spangle PCC 792 leads her train through the northern edge of the rolling hills of the Palouse and through wheat fields that will soon be harvested.
PCC 792 at Rosalia Washington
Moving south out of Rosalia and past the former Milwaukee Road arch bridges, PCC 792 has dropped off one covered hopper at Rosalia for loading and picked up 2 PCC GP35's. When I was in college at Moscow, Rosalia was still host to 3 railroads. These lines included the Northern Pacific P&L line out of Marshall, The Milwaukee Road's original Idaho Division main line and the Great Northern's Spokane and Inland Empire Railroad branch to Colfax.
PCC 3651 switching at Palouse, Washington
This shot is from the spring of 2002 and PCC 3651 is spotting 2 boxcars at one of the facilities in Palouse. These cars will be loaded with bags of lentils for export to Afghanistan. The next morning these loaded cars will be transported north to Spokane along with 2 more car loads of lentils from pickups at Pullman and Eden plus 1 from Oakesdale; as well as a couple of loaded grain cars from Palouse. The W.I.M line to Bovill ran from Palouse where it connected with the Northern Pacific. This branch is still operated as far as the Bennett Mill in Princeton, Idaho by the new operator the Washington and Idaho Railway Co.
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