Monday, September 30, 2013

Steam Locomotive in Mansfield

Date unknown

Heavy Snow in Mansfield

Heavy snowdrifts blanket the tracks in Mansfield during the winter of 1915-16.

Waterville Railway Co. Diesel-Electric

Davenport-Bressler Diesel-Electric.  152 HP Diesel.  Built for the Waterville Railway Co. at Seattle in 1946.  Sold to Continental Grain Co. in Longview, WA in 1951 and then scrapped in 1956.  This engine only saw service for about two years on the WRY Line when the June 1948 rains closed the line forever.  Pictured here in April 1947 parked inside the engine house at Waterville Wa.  Doug Nighswonger provided photo.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Waterville Railway Co. Combine Car

Waterville Railway Co. Combine Car #1 shown here on May 1941, 5 years after its offical retirement.  It is pictured here resting on the wye a few city blocks north of the depot.  These types of cars carried both passengers and freight.  Built by the Jackson & Sharp Company (1863-1950) and purchased (used) by the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad (NYC&HR) in 1882.  In 1887 it was rebuilt into a passenger and Baggage car (combine car).  Great Northern operated it from 1891 to 1911 then sold to the Waterville Railway Co.  It was retired in Oct. 1936 and scrapped in 1948.  Picture from the Norman Keyes Jr. collection. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Waterville Steam Power #949 and #299

Steam Locomotive #949 in Waterville on September 1935.  Doug Nighswonger provide photo.

Steam Locomotive #299 at Waterville in the early 1930's.  Doug Nighswonger provided photo.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mansfield in 1959

August 1959 photo of the Mansfield Station Sign.  Stan Styles photo.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Withrow in 1977

My dad and brother next to a box car in Withrow, WA.  July 1977.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Withrow in 1915

Great Northern Railway Track Plans of the depot and part of the grain facilities. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

View of Moses Coulee

Chuck Strawn photo just south of tunnel about a half mile.

2009 photo about the same location.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Douglas in 1983

Sunday morning train passing through Douglas on August 1, 1983.  The depot had been retired 8 years earlier in 1975.  The red Ford pick-up belonged to Estil Hull (1923-1995) a long time GN-BN employee.  Photo by Blair Kooistra.


Waterville Railway Co.

Train ready to pass under the SR 28 overpass on August 1, 1983.  Photo by Blair Kooistra.  Here are some more pictures of trains at the same spot.  Picture 1,  Picture 2,   Picture 3

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Looking out the North Tunnel enterance.  Chuck Strawn collection.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Douglas in 1986

The galvanized crib warehouse in the background next to the silos was torn down in 1995.  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Touhey, Wa

In 1909 it was named Byron.  Renamed Touhey and established on May 21, 1912.  Discontinued on april 30, 1914 and the mail went to Mansfield.  The siding was named "Touhey", but when entered on the post office application it was misinterpreted as "Tonkey".  The office never operated long enough for the error to be corrected.

Looking southwest down the tracks.  Date of photo unknown.

Same view as above.  2015 photo.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Wenatchee Daily World: 1968

Warner Friel (1902-1990)
Edwin "Ed" Puffert (1900-1975)
Warner Friel's brother was John Bryan "Jack" Friel.  The basketball court at Pullman, WA in Beasley Coliseum is named after him.  Jack was a long time basketball coach at Washington State.


The Wenatchee World: July 1, 1975

Reinhardt W. Dahlke (1915-1993)