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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    With what we all hope is a temporary down turn in traffic, wouldn't it be a good time for BNSF to go ahead, finally, and do something about the StampedeTunnel? Seems to me, the major things that need to happen are: a)Enlarge the existing bore to allow forseeable equipment such as double stacks...
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    Northwest Detours and track conditions

    Oops! Meant high line (Cascade Tunnel) and not high lie!
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    Northwest Detours and track conditions

    Has BNSF been able to keep the high lie open, or are they detouring through the gorge and over Stampede?
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Interesting. I wonder if they're going to change out jointed rail in the Bristol - Cle Elum area, or if that's already done. Still got the tunnel issue, of course...
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Which begs the question: any changes projected for Stampede?
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    Is the railroad industry dying in the United States?

    In a word, it's hardly dying. In the west, BNSF and UP are both doing quite well and turning decent profits. I suspect that each of the class I railroads are doing well. That being said, there are likely short lines in trouble, as always. Amtrak wasn't ever set up as a money making enterprise...
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    Union Pacific Tunnel Collapse in Oregon

    By the way, the UP junction with the Oregon Trunk sub is on the south side of the river at Celilo, right at the south end of the BNSF bridge. Amtrak isn't likely to use the line much, if at all. North of Bend to the river, it is full of heavy curvature and grades, and isn't fast. It would add...
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    Union Pacific Tunnel Collapse in Oregon

    The Oregon Trunk, later a part of GN, now BNSF, ran from Wishram to Klamath Falls via trackage rights from Chemult south. Oddly enough, parts of the track are actually owned by UP still (a hold over from when Hill's GN and Harriman's UP were somewhat more hostile and laying parallel lines into...
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    Union Pacific Tunnel Collapse in Oregon

    Maybe not enough crews familiar with the territory from either BNSF or UP; BNSF is going to use its crews first on its own trains, and although UP does have trackage rights, it may not have enough crews for additional trains, even if BNSF has enough people available to act as pilots.
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    sidings in the Colorado Springs CO area

    One would think BNSF or UP could answer this.
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    Amtrak Cascade Derailment at Dupont, WA

    Article itself seems odd. What was actually going on in that cab, and who was driving look like key issues.
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    On the other side of the hill, there was a rail train, laden with new rail, westbound, through Yakima yesterday afternoon. Wonder where he was going.
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    Northwest Detours and track conditions

    The Union Pacific main through the Columbia Gorge is currently closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire at Cascade Locks. Wonder if UP is detouring over BNSF Fallbridge, Stampede and Yakima Valley Subs, or if they are just sitting tight.
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    Load securing

    They have quite strict requirements in this area, and reject or set out improper loads. They can and do even check loads for proper securing and weight distribution.
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    All this work begs the question: Is anything likely on Stampede/Yakima Valley subs and the tunnel this year? Are there more projects to lessen the clogging on Lakeside? Lat sweek I took the train fromVancouver BC to Seattle. Looks like the track from Brownsville into Pacific Central Terminal...
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    Long term storage

    Thanks for moving this where it belongs. To make my question a little clearer, these cars are likely BNSF and are stashed on a spur BNSF owns.
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    Long term storage

    There are a lot -- literally miles -- of lumber cars stashed on the old spur between Palmer Jct. and the end of track near Veazey (on the old line through Enumclaw). They've been there, I believe, for years. Does anybody know how long cars in storage can be left before they are unusable and...
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    Out and about in KCMO area

    These old steam engines are fascinating beasts indeed! Good pictures! Not sure where else to ask this, but what is the function of the "elephant ears" on the sides of the front end? I've seen them an a lot of engines, even Chinese, Russian, and European. (I personally think the old engines...
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Don't know where else this would fit, but what does BNSF do to prepare for this storm, and expected rainfall, especially Bellingham, Seattle, Scenic and Stampede subs? Each certainly has known vulnerable areas. Reroutes, extra MOW, etc?
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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Lots of steel, tie and ballast work, surfacing and the like on both sides over the past couple of years. Tunnel is what it is,but it works for EB oil cans and the like.




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