Thursday, November 6, 2008
After the '48 flood bridge #18 and #19 were taken out and the line relocated. Today you can still see the old grade between these two bridges.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1983 photo showing NP, CB&Q, GN and BN box cars filling up the siding at Douglas on an early morning. Business seems to look good according to this photo. Almost two years to the day, the train would make its final run and 9 years after that, the depot would be burned down. A large crib grain warehouse would be torn down and lumber sold not long after the depot was torched. Thus completely eliminating any sign of railroading in Douglas, WA.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Here is a picture I took a rainy day on April 1, 2006. This shows where bridge #25 used to cross Douglas Creek. All that remains is a large concrete abutment at the south end, 2 frame bents, cut off pile bents and a long wooden retaining wall that holds back the road grade at the north end between this bridge and bridge #26. From the looks of it, this bridge must have been susceptible to scour by the way GN/BN reinforced it. The creek was running pretty good during this time of year from the snow melt, but during the summer and fall months it is bone dry.
This photographter was standing on bridge #3 when he snapped these pictures while the water was still high. My grandma told me in the summer of 1948, Douglas county received a couple inches of rain in a couple of hours causing a massive flood. Everyone refers it as the '48 flood. Must have been a sight to see.
Monday, November 3, 2008
BN geeps on mainline with empty box cars from the trip up on the siding. I don't have very many memories of this line when it was in operation because I was only 5, but the memories I do have are in Alstown. My dad used take us on Sunday drives and would sometimes let us play on the box cars.
One time in the late winter of 1985-86, my dad and mom took my brother and I down the tracks from Alstown to the tunnel. We did it on snowmobiles. I can still remember crossing over the trestles and watching the water rush underneath. Arctic Cat Panther 440's carried us all the way down and back never touching snow at all. Just ties. Fun times......
This is one of about three single shoulder tie plates that I found while hiking between Slack Canyon and Alstown. This particular plate was manufactured by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1924 and it's the only one that was in mint condition. The rest had blow torch marks.
Loaded box cars are pushing against 2 geeps on a 2.2% grade in the late afternoon hours in March of '83. These locos have just crossed over bridge #9 with the rest still crossing it. The north portal end of the 750' tunnel is just ahead. John P. Henderson took this picture standing on top. In 2000 part of the tunnel collapsed about where John is standing in this picture creating a huge sink hole. Douglas County maintenance crews filled it with a couple thousand yards of soil.
This picture shows 2 GP9's and a caboose arriving in Douglas after dropping off 5 empty cars in Alstown. They arrived to see empty box cars that had drifted onto the mainline from the Douglas siding. I was told that sometimes empties would be pushed out onto the mainline to clear up the siding as long as they didn't get away. October 28, 1983 photo by John P. Henderson.
This picture shows a train load of 40' box cars ready to depart Douglas, WA on a late afternoon day in October of 1983. These cars are loaded with winter wheat harvested from the summer. According to engineering plans, this section of track was 77.5 lb rail. Photo by the late John P. Henderson.