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  1. Ballard Beaver

    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Any update on the status of the bypass in Vancouver? Thanks!
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    funny things you've heard the dispatcher say

    Also around here they used to refer to the amtrak as the "silver sausage" or "chrome chorizo" though i havent heard them say this in at least a year or two. As in, crew: "you gonna hold us here dispatcher?" Dispatch: "yup, i got sausages comin at you from all directions"
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    funny things you've heard the dispatcher say

    I always liked when the old BNSF seattle terminal guy would give his initials as TCM "trains cant move"
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Cool update BNSFEng, thank you!
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    NS #8114 in Puget Sound area

    nice catch...this train has been through town a few times, usually on oil trains it seems how could you tell it was empty? wondering if it wasnt a load headed to arco or fidalgo?
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    thanks for all the insights, Mark. always appreciated.
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    more questions mark...you had to expect em... :) is the sumas sub just regular maintenance? or is there a plan to increase traffic on that line? and with english, is this just a result of the increased oil traffic? they just built the 4 marsh tracks in the last year or so, for parking the...
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    question on grain trains in washington

    in response to bill anderson, see my post here http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/showthread.php?34464-Stampede-Pass-Diary&p=334356#post334356
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    question on grain trains in washington

    empty interbay grainer left interbay southbound around 20:30, Oct 3rd. that was quick!
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    question on grain trains in washington

    thanks for the response. part of what i was wondering is, well, the grain is already flowing from the midwest to the ports...but it is only tacoma and seattle in particular that are getting NONE. grain trains are headed to pasco, rivergate, longview, kalama, vancouver, and the psap, but nothing...
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    A Day in Wenatchee 8/22/13

    Darn, I was hoping there was a cantina in there or something... :D
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    A Day in Wenatchee 8/22/13

    (9) At 4:07 PM the Z-CHCSSE-6-20 departs Wenatchee with the BNSF 5034 leading. (10) Lastly, at 5:23 PM the Z-CHCSSE-9-20 leaves town. My camera is horrible and my closer-up photo was super blurry. the next train was a baretable after dark. so, that was it for the day. A lot of pumpkins, with...
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    A Day in Wenatchee 8/22/13

    (7) At 1:43 PM, just after the arrival of the work train, the BNSF 7561 leads the Z-SSECHC-6-22 in for a crew change. UP 3861 adds some variety to the consist. (8) At 2:35 PM the BNSF 5603 is on the point of the S-SEALPC-1-21, finally arriving. It died somewhere on the hill last night, a victim...
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    A Day in Wenatchee 8/22/13

    (4) At 1:41 PM a work train led by the BNSF 2812, coming off the Scenic Sub, has just dropped its cars and is headed towards the east switch of the West Yard downtown. (5) The work train dropped this string of ballast cars, with a caboose at the end which I couldn’t legally approach. They later...
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    A Day in Wenatchee 8/22/13

    Spent the day in Wenatchee. Amidst fits of work (argh!) I was able to get in some railfanning. The day was hazy due to fires in the hills, and my camera is bottom-of-the-line, but here we go: (1) At 9:44 AM the BNSF 5339 leads the Z-SSECHC-7-21 into town. This train should normally be at...




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