Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31, 2014: Fixing the Shit Gun

A dairyman reaches to flip the directional control on his manure gun.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014; Chasing 'Em In

The Old Man chases the cows into the barn for the evening milking.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014: Elephant Style

Three units, coupled nose to tail, (elephant style) spin and slip their way up Stevens Pass.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014: Railfan Rock

Because of the easy accessibility, the rock on the foreground are a favorite platform for railfans photographing trains on Stevens Pass.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 27, 2014; First Snow

The first snow of the season covers an old Northern Pacific switch stand at Blossburg, Montana.

October 26, 2014; Rural Grade Crossing

Somewhere in the Washington Palouse.

October 25, 2014; Nowhere

Koren, Washington

October 24, 2014; The Loading Chute

A Burlington Northern logo is framed by the loading chute at Townsend, Montana.

October 23, 2014: Studying the Switch List

An engineer and switchman look over the list of cars they are about to sort.

Ocotber 22, 2014; Into the Daylight

A westbound train passes through a recently day lighted portion of the Mullan Tunnel.

October 21, 2014: Counting Cars

A Montana Rail Link switchman counts the cars of a westbound freight in preparation for cutting in a helper at Helena, Montana.

October 20, 2014: Helper Link

An MRL switchman cuts in a helper, while on the front deck, the Helper Link sits ready to uncouple the units on the fly at the summit.

October 19, 2014: Just Like a Steamer

Smoking more like a steam engine than a diesel, a lone Geep struggles up the Prairie Line.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014; Talking Things Over

A salesman and farm worker, social media ag style.

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014; Hawaii Bound

A Conway Feed employee, (left) and the conductor off the BNSF Conway Turn watch as the last few tons of rolled corn bound for Hawaii are conveyed into a container.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014; Slugging it Out

The GE slug set works up the steep grade of the "Tacoma Hill."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014: In the Heart of the Canyon

A westbound freight crawls it's way through the Nason Creek Canyon.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 14, 2014; Water Stop

It requires water, and lots of it, to keep a steam engine running.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014; End of a Run

Having completed a day's run from Fort Bragg to Willits and back, the engineer looks over his engine before uncoupling and heading for the roundhouse.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 12, 2014; Barnyard Rust

Remains of a McCormick Deering binder, Ohop Valley, WA

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 11, 2014; First Snow

Appearing more like a ghostly image, an eastbound train drops down off the Great Divide in the season's first snowfall.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 9, 2014; King Street Station, circa 1975

The grand trains, the Empire Builder and the North Coast Limited were gone, but in the early days of Amtrak a sense of class still existed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014; Down off the Mountain

An interesting combination of locomotive models and paint jobs has just come down off Stevens Pass and pauses in Skykomish to cut out its helper.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014; No Upper Limit

Foaming has no upper age limit.  The Old Man, age 90, railfanning Lombard, MT.

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014; Quick Snow Melt

A late season snow squall has come and gone on Bozeman Hill, leaving only a melt swollen creek as evidence of its presence.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 5, 2014; Montana Horseshoe

The engineer of a mid-train helper rounding the lower horseshoe at Austin, Montana looks out to see the head-end of his train climbing towards the upper "loop."

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 4, 2014; End of the Line

Where the tracks end and the mountains begin, Harrison, Montana.

Friday, October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014; Friendly Engineer

The engineer of a Montana Rail Link helper set gives a friendly pose and smile.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October 2, 2014; It's Still the N.P.

Northern Pacific stamped switch stand, Blossburg, Montana.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014; The Fall of Garrison

Demolition of the former Northern Pacific depot in Garrison, Montana.