Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bridge #29 Damage

Flood damage photos of bridge #29.  Date unknown.  This bridge was removed after the '48 flood and made much smaller on the other side of the creek when the railroad changed the alignment at this area.  Quality of photos is not the best.

Debris pushed up against one of the bents

Looking north 

Looking north

Not sure of this location, but it appears soil has washed over the tracks.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Douglas, Wa

Train arriving at Douglas, WA in March of 1984.  David Loebsack photo.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Withrow in 1984

Boxcars rest on main track just east of Withrow.  David Loebsack photo March 1984.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Withrow in 1984

Train one mile southwest of Withrow.  March 1984 photo by David Loebsack.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Supplee, Wa. in 1984

Train passing through Supplee, Wa. on its return trip back to Wenatchee.  March 1984 photo by David Loebsack.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Withrow March 1984

Train at Withrow with a Scorpion 440 Sting in foreground.  David Loebsack photo.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

New John Deere Combines

New John Deere 35 pull type combines sit atop flat cars on the Mansfield Branch during the 1940's.  From the looks of the terrain, it looks as if the picture was taken south of Douglas.   

One Mile South of Douglas

Train in the far distance starting to pass the Buse Ranch one mile south of Douglas. At the bottom right of the photo you can see part of bridge #39.5 at milepost 34.9  The road in the photo is the S. Douglas Rd. which the tracks paralleled for four miles along this section.  David Loebsack photo March 1984.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Douglas, WA

Alan Loebsack stands on a stack of wooden boxcar grain door liners as the train rounds the curve at Douglas Siding.  March 1984 photo by David Loebsack.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Douglas in 1984

BN Caboose #12283 crossing Highway 2 at Douglas, WA in March of 1984.  David Loebsack photo.

Monday, August 3, 2015

1984 Derailment

Photos showing the damage caused by a derailed hopper car in the fall of 1984. This scene happened at mile post #24 while the train was moving on the down grade between bridge #17 and #16.  One of the mid-train hopper's trucks jumped the tracks and scarred several hundred yards of ties and busted some rail in the process. Photos by David Loebsack.

Aerial photo of derailment location.

David's cousin Alan standing near mile post marker #24 just up from bridge #17.

Tie damage on the deck of bridge #17 looking on the up grade.

Looking on the down grade across bridge #17 with a BN Caboose #10340 parked in a rock cut.

Damaged track between bridge #17 and #16.  Bridge #16 is in the background.

Alan inspects the damage to the rail.

The hopper that caused all the damage.  This picture shows the hopper just before bridge #16.  The crew caught it before it did damage to Bridge #16.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bridge #11

1939 Douglas County Plan showing a new road revision under bridge #11 because of a big flood in 1938 that washed it out.  This trestle was located between Slack Canyon and Pegg Canyon in Douglas Creek at mile post 21.8 along the line.    

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Palisades, WA

People pose for a picture at the Palisades Train Depot.  This depot was a 30' x 60' structure built by the Great Northern Railway in 1909, retired and sold in 1937.  Photo from the Fran Roth collection.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Palisades, WA

Edith Ann Allmendinger (1876-1939), on her way to Wenatchee, waits for the train at the Palisades Depot.  She is the grandmother of Fran Roth, a local Palisades resident that still resides there today.  Photo taken in 1912 with a caption that reads "Going to town".   Photo from the Fran Roth collection.   

Railroad Switch Stand

Great Northern Railway Switch Stand painted back to its original luster.  Recovered from Supplee, WA in the year 1986 when the Mansfield Branch Line was being removed. 

The picture below shows possibly the same switch stand at Supplee in the 1950's.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Railroad Switch Stand

A Great Northern Railway Switch Stand retrieved in 1986 from the northern end of the Supplee Siding when the line was being taken out. It now resides along my golf cart/ATV trail. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GNRy Culvert Crossing Marker Sign

Great Northern Railway Culvert Marker No. 68.  Every culvert was marked with a steel marker sign to identify every crossing.  This marker was located somewhere between Douglas and Supplee according to GNRy Track Plans.  There were approximately 105 culverts that crossed under the tracks on the Mansfield Branch. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Railroad Mile Post Sign

Mile post 57 marker sign given to me a local Waterville man. This 2"x 8"x 18" piece of wood was nailed to a utility pole out between Touhey and Mansfield. The paint from the number “57” has protected the wood from some weather erosion which has left the numbers raised and still visible many years after the paint has weathered away.

Railroad Speed Limit Sign

A railroad speed limit sign given to me by a local Waterville man. The F-30 stands for “Freight Trains-30 MPH”.  He said he had retrieved it from a scrap pile in Douglas during the time the line was being removed in 1986. It had bullet holes in it and so he patched them then sanded it in anticipation of painting it.  I plan on finishing the painting work.

1960's Great Northern Railway standard plan detail for speed limit sign.