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BNSF 7537 heading up the 2.2.

BNSF 7537 heading up the 2.2.

BNSF 7537 leads the ZSSECHC train out of East Skykomish and up the 2.2% grade. The speed limit for freight trains is 20mph and the sharp curves are the leading cause of this restriction. The train had a non stop trip to Winton, WA where it was held up for track maintenance. The train arrived early into Wenatchee.
Boy does that spot bring back fond memories, Greg. Back in the day, before they placed all that rip rap against the hill, right across from where you took that photo, there was a nice little grassy area surrounded by willows and alders. Back in the mid-70's I went up there one evening to shoot the North Coast Hi that had started running over the pass. My wife, (now of 34 years but back then just over one year)and I "retreated" to that grove after the train had passed and "enjoyed" evening decending on the Cascades.

Aaaah, the good ol' days of photographing Stevens Pass.....

Martin Burwash
Thanks for the comments, everyone. Martin, it's hard to find a good woman like that these days.

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