Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 30, 2014; The Sumas

A local drops off the Sumas Branch in Sedro Woolley, Washington.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November 29, 2014; Not Again

A BN clam shell splashes in the Skagit River while trying to remove a massive log jam against railroad's bridge.  High water scours the banks of fallen trees, washing them down stream where they lodge against the bridge abutments.  Although this jam was cleared, with recent high water, another is already forming.

Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28. 2014; Distributed Power

A set of DPU's (distributed power units) take a breather from helping an eastbound train while they wait for a westbound to pass at Scenic.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014: Thanksgiving, 1970

My mother, in her June Cleaver housedress sets the table for Thanksgiving dinner.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014; Stampede Stonehenge

A westbound freight threads between the columns of the old Milwaukee Road trestle at Easton, Washington.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014: Into the Sunset

A westbound freight climbs towards the Great Divide.

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014; East Meets West (End)

Eastbound containers meet a westbound freight at West End, Montana.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014; Talking to the DS

Holding at Scenic, a trainman uses the old "direct" method to talk to the dispatcher.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22, 2014; The Lowly Caboose

I still believe freight trains should have a caboose.

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014; Snowy Hello

The conductor of a westbound exchanges a wave with his counterpart tucked away in the warm cab of an eastbound.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014: They Sure Sounded Sweet

An early summer morning's stillness is interrupted by the sweet sound of a freight climbing the east slope of Stampede Pass.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014; Think Tank


Where "Rambling West" is created.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014; The Tye River Valley

Looking up the Tye River Valley towards Stevens Pass.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014: Climbing Towards the Top

A westbound freight climbs the last mile to the summit of Stevens Pass.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 16, 2014; Winter Sunshine

In Washington, a sunny day during the winter in a definite bonus.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 15, 2014: Old Equipment Abounds

A pair of former Northern Pacific unit pull a train past stored derelict passenger cars at Tacoma's Union Station.

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014; Winter Stroll

A couple take a sunset walk along the tracks at Mukilteo,Washington

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014; Tie Gang

A maintenance of way crew sets out new ties near Goldbar, Washington.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014: Tie Plates Optional

Rail spiked directly ties, Whelan, Washington

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014; Spur Line

Industrial spur near Burlington, Washington

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014; Winter Crop

Seed cabbage starts, Burlington, Washington

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014; Silos

Abandoned silos, lower Columbia Valley, Washington

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November 8, 2014: Empty Stalls

The barn, Ohop Valley, Washington

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014: Tool Cabinet Door

Simpson Railroad roundhouse detail.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014: Rails

Track patterns, Simpson lumber mill, Shelton, Washington.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014; Ohop in My Rear View Mirror

My last look at the family farm in Ohop Valley, Washington.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014; Collision Course

Cape Disappointment, where the mighty Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean collide.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014; Waiting for Paint

The derelict BN 6126 endures another winter's snow at Skykomish, waiting for the day it will be restored back to it's original glory as the Great Northern 1731.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 2, 2014: One Last Look

The day we moved the Old Man off the farm, I took one last look around when we were finished.  This is the last photo I took of the barn.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 1, 2014; Left Behind

An old grader rusts near a long abandoned railroad right-of-way.