Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 2012 photos of the Abandoned ROW

On the down grade east of bridge #14 a couple hundred feet

Looking on the up grade a couple hundred yards down from bridge #14.  Bridge is up around the bend.

On a curve between bridge #14 and #15 on the up grade

Looking on the up grade at a rock cut between bridge #14 and #15

Looking on the down grade at a rock cut between bridge #16 and #15

Monday, June 25, 2012

Withrow Depot Train Register

My brother and I went to pay Willie Nollmeyer, a Withrow native, a visit last Friday (6-22-12).  The 87 year old former mayor of Withrow has had this piece hanging in his shop since the 40's or 50's he had thought.  He told us his brother Walter Nollmeyer had taken this train schedule out of the Withrow Depot, probably about in the 30's, and had been using it as a heat shield under his wood stove to protect the floor from burning.  The Withrow depot was retired and sold in 1936.  Willie then later acquired the sign and it has been hanging in his shop for about 60 years until last Friday when he gave it to us.  It's about 3' wide by about 3.5' tall, made out of heavy gauge steel and painted black with gold lettering and grid lines.  Quite a piece of railroad history and railroad memorabilia.  Thanks Willie!  


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Boys off to War

Caption Reads:

Douglas County Boys leaving Waterville Station for American Lake 
Sept. 22, 1917.  Photo by C.M. Lockwood.

This picture is looking south with the depot to the right and the courthouse on the far left.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mansfield Siding ROW Track Plans

Original date produced  c. 1906-1908.  Revised date 1920's.  ROW track plans for the Mansfield Siding area and section of track coming into Mansfield.  

Sheet 1 of 4
Mile Post 59

Sheet 2 of 4

Sheet 3 of 4
Start of siding and Mile Post 60

Sheet 4 of 4
Depot, engine wye and Standard Oil Company Spur

Waterville Railway Bridge at Douglas

Aerial photo of bridge location

This bridge wast located on the northeastern leg of the engine wye at Douglas.  Photo provided by the Skykomish Historical Society 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Steam Locomotive #299 parked at Douglas

Waterville Railway Co. Steam Locomotive #299 parked next to the Douglas Depot. Date unknown.  A 4-6-0 locomotive built for Fairhaven and Southern as #2; sold to Seattle and Montana Railroad and renumbered as #299 in 1898.  Great Northern Railway purchased it in 1907.  It was a class E-4 locomotive that GN then sold to the Waterville Railway Co. in Feb. of 1911.  It was retired in May of 1934 and scrapped in Jan. of 1935.  Here is a picture of this Steam locomotive plowing snow about 1914.  Another picture of it parked at the Waterville Depot with the Douglas County Courthouse in the background.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Inside the tunnel today

April 2009 pictures of the south portal end of the tunnel.  There is just enough of the tunnel exposed to peek in and see inside.