Friday, May 30, 2014
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Friday, May 16, 2014
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Workers driving piles for bridge #40 just south of Douglas in the year 1909. Photos provided by Richard Karschner.
Aaron Shimer standing next to pile driver.
Workers pose next to pile driver.
Complete view of pile driver
Here is a 2010 picture with same view as above images. Just 101 years difference.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Looking at the south end of Douglas, with the newly constructed bridge #40 and railroad tracks in the middle of the picture. Picture is taken about where Hubert Bourton’s house stands today. 1909 photo. Here is a 1983 picture of a train about in the same spot just south of Douglas.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
People pose for a picture on the Great Northern Railway Steam Locomotive #1140. It is shown here on the Mansfield Branch Line near Douglas, WA in the year 1909. Photo provided by Richard Karschner.
It was built by the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works in August of 1902. A Class F-8 with a 2-8-0 wheel arrangement. It was scrapped in 1932. Roster info obtained from www.greatnorthernempire.net
Monday, May 5, 2014
Aaron Boyer Shimer was the youngest of the seven children. He attended a private “preparatory” school, where he concentrated on his mathematics skills. He graduated from Lafayette College with a degree in Civil Engineering; he decided to gain his first experience working on the Great Northern Railway in the state of Washington. Aaron began his work in 1908 on the Mansfield Branch as an assistant to A. Hill, who was the resident engineer in Douglas, WA. He later moved to Omak WA in 1910 where he was the resident engineer for the new Oroville Branch along the Columbia and Okanagan Rivers. The following series of upcoming pictures were taken with his folding (TB 100) Kodak camera in the years 1908 and 1909 while working on the Mansfield Line. Photos and info compiled/provided by his grandson Richard Karschner.
Mr. Shimer at his camp tent located just south of Douglas. Date 1909. Photo provided by Richard Karschner. Photo captions say the camp was located on the Cavanaugh Ranch.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Cut this piece of rail with a torch out of a longer section at Withrow. I then had Barnes Welding in Waterville cut clean ends. I ran the brush grinder over it to clean all the rust off. Tie plates and spike heads are all from the MB Line as well. I will go back out and cut some short pieces of ties to finsh the dislplay. This is 68 lb. rail manufactured by the Illinois Steel Co. in Oct. 1891. Here is rail display I made a few years back and donated it to the Mansfield Museum.