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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Those were to be new switch point panels for both the MP 16 and MP 18 turnouts. They were ordered incorrectly, so I think they're just sitting until a use for them can be found. This year, instead of entirely new turnouts, only the points panels have been replaced at a few locations: Howarth...
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    Herzog MOW Equipment

    It used to be. Reduced budgets year-to-year have resulted in the use of one MPM for the whole Northwest Division. There used to be three of them.
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    The last I saw about this was to begin locating utilities probably this year, but that very well could have been postponed due to the lower volumes and revenue.
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    Tie replacement at Mile Post 18

    That's the pile of removed ties. It's a plate pressed onto the end of the tie to prevent tie splitting. https://www.mitek-us.com/products/steel-plates/Anti-Split-Plate/ Probably adjusting the tie plate under the rail before it's spiked down. Squeezing the rail anchors against the new tie...
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    Trains of Edmonds, Washington

    Only the military versions of the 737 will continue to be built during this shutdown. The last 737 Next Generation has been delivered, so no more of those.
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    Trains of Edmonds, Washington

    About a mile north of Carkeek Park, a new slide catchment wall is being built.
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    Trains of Edmonds, Washington

    Those are empties from the Everett Boeing plant. The Boeing job brings them down to Mukilteo. The Goldbar Turn takes them to Interbay. When enough empty Boeing cars from Mukilteo and Renton get put together at Interbay, they head east.
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    That was done last year. I did get word that 2019 will not be it for jointed rail on the Stampede Sub.
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Now through the end of March, a steel gang will be eliminating the last of the jointed rail on the Yakima Valley Sub. This is between Prosser and Satus. Then in September and October, another gang will lay rail on the Stampede side. It, too, will be many miles of jointed rail replaced, but...
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    Trains of Edmonds, Washington

    Hirail excavators have been around for a handful of years, now. They are really taking off with multiple manufacturers offering them. One of which is Advanced Rail Concepts from right in our backyard. http://www.advancedrailconcepts.com/
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    Trains of Edmonds, Washington

    Every time you see GPs westbound with tanks and/or Boeing cars, it's the Goldbar Turn. They typically return to Everett light power.
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Good questions. The Division Engineer was at our last Seattle safety meeting. I said something about the new moveable point frog #24 being the kiss of death for double tracking anytime soon. He was kind of sly about his response so maybe people are trying to make something happen! Since they...
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    What is This? (BNSF Dash 9 Spark Arrestor?)

    It's a cover for when the locomotives are stored. Two halves, front and rear, lift up and fold down.
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    Trains of Edmonds, Washington

    Capturing the display, I believe, has to do with the refresh rate of the LEDs. I have seen elsewhere to use a shutter speed of less than 1/125 sec.
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    Trains of Edmonds, Washington

    Brandt Roadrailer. It's operated by MOW employees.




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