Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December 31, 2014: Into a New Year

West portal, Cascade Tunnel.  Looking forward to a good New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014: Balancing the books.....

One of the issues I ran into while post a picture for each day of the past year was my failure to keep track of what shots were used.  As a result, there were, over the period of 365 days, 2 photos that ended up being used twice.  So, to meet my goal of a "different" picture each day of 2014, here are the two "make-up shots."

Butt-Assed Cold at Gaynor

It's just below zero on the east slope of Stevens Pass as an empty grain train drops downgrade.

Colfax, Washington

December 30, 2014; Twisting Down the Hill

Eastbound containers snake their way downgrade.

Monday, December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014: Still Above the Snowline

Having been in snow since leaving the Twin Cities, a westbound train dropping down Stevens Pass is only miles away from finally seeing the ties between the rails.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December 28, 2014: Snoqualmie Snow

Snowy scene along the Milwaukee Road right-of-way across Snoqualmie Pass.

December 27, 2014: Snow Squall

An eastbound train is nearly obscured behind a curtain of falling snow.

Friday, December 26, 2014

December 26, 2014; Winter at Decpetion Creek

The cold waters of Deception Creek cascade around snow covered rocks while overhead a helper set drifts downhill towards Skykomish.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

December 25, 2014: Doing the Lord's Work

For all of those doing the Lord's work on the Lord's birthday.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014: Slogging Through the Snow

The eastbound Empire Builder climbs a snowy Stevens Pass.

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014: High Rises

Home owners attempt to out smart the often flooding Snohomish River.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 21, 2014; The Dead Line

Having run her final revenue miles for the BN, the last light of day shines on a locomotive still showing her Northern Pacific heritage.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20, 2014; The Back Shop

Locomotive back shop, Fort Bragg, California.

Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014: Taking Sunday Off

Power of the Anacortes Local sits idle on a Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 18, 2014: Sierra Crossing

An eastbound train ascends the Southern Pacific's famous crossing the of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Donner Pass.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014: Winter Morning

Morning breaks clear and cold on the farm.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014; Cutting Edge, Once Upon a Time

A group of cows is being milked in what in 1972 was considered an ultramodern parlor.

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014; Dairy of Merit

In its day, the family farm in Ohop lived up to its billing.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 14, 2014; Wood Grain

Wood bin construction detail, wheat elevator, Korum, Washington.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014; Pride

If nothing else, there is still pride in farming.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014; Highball Scenic

An eastbound freight rumbles through Scenic, moments away from entering the Cascade Tunnel.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014; Snowy Morning at Berne

An eastbound train makes its way through a heavy snow squall on Stevens Pass.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014; Weather Is Getting a Little Rough

Although there isn't much on the ground yet, an increasing snow storm will soon enough solve that issue.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014; Winter at Gaynor

A westbound freight emerges from the short Gaynor Tunnel in the dead of winter.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 7, 2014: Snow Higher Up

Pouring rain at Kanaskat, Washington is obviously snow higher up on the slopes of Stampede Pass.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 6, 2014; Putting On at Scenic

M of W to the rescue!  Large chunks of ice have fallen off a westbound train and are blocking the drainage ditches in the Cascade Tunnel.  While an eastbound waits, a maintenance man puts on at Scenic in preparation of going into the bore and clearing the obstructions.

Friday, December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014; Switching Snohomish

The BN Boeing Job begins the day switching a sawmill in Snohomish, Washington.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014; Bumping Cans

The Annie Local switches LPG tankers at Burlington, Washington.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014; Working the Annie Local

The crew of the Annie Local boost the all-weather cab arm rest onto the lead unit.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014; Flood Season

The Conway turn runs above the flooding Stillaguamish River near Stanwood, Washington.