Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Speeder car about a mile north of Palisades.  Photo by Ryan Reed taken on March 8, 1986.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Last Train in Moses Coulee

Aerial map of photo location

Last Train rolling on the down grade over bridge #6 just south of Palisades.  March 2, 1985 photo taken by Tim Repp.

Monday, July 16, 2012

MB Line Abandonment Papers

These papers are from Central Washington Grain Growers, Burlington Northern Railroad and the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Thanks to Aaron Schwarz and Dan Bolyard for digging these up.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Early Morning Jaunt

June 14, 1981 photo of train on the up grade between the Columbia River and Bon Spur.  Tim Repp took this photo while standing on the SR 28 overpass looking north.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Date Nails

These date nails were given to me a couple years ago by a old lady that said her husband used to work on the MB Line.  She said her husband would collect these date nails as ties where removed and replaced with new ones.  

Monday, July 2, 2012

Piece of Rail

Reconstructed rail off the MB Line.  Found and cut rail near Alstown,  tie plates and spikes from Douglas Creek and ties I found out east of Withrow.  I cut the spikes just below the head and they are just sitting in the holes.  Cut the ties with a chainsaw.  Really hard to find ties that aren't rotten anymore.  My plan is to cut the ends of the rail and have a nice clean edges. Cover the ties with a natural wood stain. Wire wheel the plates, spikes and rail.  Then paint them with a darker metallic paint.  Drill holes in the ties and insert some date nails I have from the Line as well.  Should be a nice little piece when I'm done.  My goal is to make it shine like this.     

Rail has on it:  L. I. & S. Co. S.W. SCRANTON. 9  1901. 77 1/2. G.N. LINE.  I assume it is Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company Steel Works at Scranton.  Manufactured in Scranton, Pennsylvania in September of 1901.