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  1. Bill Anderson

    Tie replacement at Mile Post 18

    Into the Wayback Machine, Sherman. On 3-2-2011 I photographed a track gang replacing ties at MP 18 below Sunset Ave. in Edmonds, WA. "Track gang" may be a misnomer these days as most of the work is done by machinery. That is a far cry from the 1940's when my father worked on a C&NW...
  2. Bill Anderson

    Vintage Diesel Promo Film

    An early EMD film promoting diesel engines. I believe the Union Pacific is the sole surviving railroad of the many shown in the film.
  3. Bill Anderson

    Railroad Songs

    Post up your favotie railroad songs for a musical interlude as we sit at home during these trying times. City of New Orleans.
  4. Bill Anderson

    Attention Photographers

    I have noticed that many new members are very active and very good rail photographers. If you photograph things like wildlife and landscapes when trains are not rolling by, please check out Bob's website that is devoted exclusively to photography: the Pacific Northwest Photography Forum...
  5. Bill Anderson

    New Passenger Trains in Cuba

    Cuba is rebuilding/upgrading its rail passenger service with equipment from China and Russia. The photos of the Chinese diesels are interesting. China made a large purchase of GE diesels from the US in the mid-late 1980's. I assume that is why these home grown Chinese units look very much...
  6. Bill Anderson

    Mid West Flooding 2019

    The Omaha Posse has been posting up photos of the flooding in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. I am starting this thread for members to post photos of flooding in all parts of the Mid West such as the Dakotas and Minnesota.
  7. Bill Anderson

    Coast Starlight Stranded in Oregon Cascades

    Reminds me of the City of San Francisco getting stranded in the Sierras back in January, 1952. https://www.yahoo.com/news/amtrak-train-183-aboard-freed-37-hours-snowy-180340194--finance.html
  8. Bill Anderson

    Man Jumps AMTRAK train

    Here is something you don't see very often: an intoxicated man jumped an AMTRAK train. The article does not name the train, but judging from the location, I would say it was the Coast Starlight. The Cantara Loop is located on the former Southern Pacific San Francisco-Portland mainline north...
  9. Bill Anderson

    How cold is it?

    A polar vortex has migrated out of the Arctic, causing many parts of North America to experience record breaking cold temperatures. In some cases the air temperature + wind have combined to create wind chills colder than the Antarctic. Show us how cold it is where you live by posting up a...
  10. Bill Anderson

    Dirty Diesels

    Looking at recent photos posted up of the UP, I have to ask if the railroad is washing or repainting its diesels anymore? I have seen a lot of photos of faded and dirty diesels that seem out of place on the UP. I might extend that question to cover the BNSF as well. When I worked in Chicago...
  11. Bill Anderson

    Trains of Everett, WA.

    This year's Special Olympics bowling season will be held at Evergreen Lanes in Everett during September and October. I will probably spend time at the Everett Marina photographing birds and trains while my son is bowling. I can do both as Bayside Yard, one of two BNSF yards in Everett, is...
  12. Bill Anderson

    Check out the Pacific Northwest Photography Forum

    Bob has upgraded his "other" site, the Pacific Northwest Photography Forum. http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/index.php I encourage all of you who may be looking for a site to post your non-railroad photos (landscapes, wildlife, sunsets, etc) to check it out. Membership and photos are not...
  13. Bill Anderson

    What do you shoot with? 2018 Edition!

    It has been five years since Brad asked about our photography equipment. I assume some of us have made changes since then. [All cameras and lenses are Canon unless otherwise noted] My current arsenal 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x teleconverter (tripod moounted) for nature photography. 1Dx +...
  14. Bill Anderson

    Trains of Edmonds, Washington

    My two Edmonds related threads, Mile Post 18 News and Pity Mile Post 17, got lost in the transition to the new software. The MP 18 thread, which I started in 2009, had received over 450,000 hits. I was hoping it would reach a half million hits sometime this year. I am replacing all my...
  15. Bill Anderson

    Abandoned ALCo S2

    I hope this is not a repost. An ALCo S2, abandoned in the Appalachian Mountains, was found by an intrepid railfan. https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3ef_1516069432
  16. Bill Anderson

    Amtrak Cascade Derailment at Dupont, WA

    My wife is listening to the radio and just told me that an Amtrak train left the tracks near Dupont and went on to adjacent I-5. This is the line that runs past Ft. Lewis and was recently upgraded to 70mph Sounder and Amtrak service. Passenger service on the line just started this morning...
  17. Bill Anderson

    Washington State DOT Funded Rail Projects

    Information on rail projects funded by the Washington State Dept. of Transportation can be found here: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/index.htm Scroll down the list of projects (listed alphabetically) to Rail. Click on a project for a page of info about that project. For example, here is a...
  18. Bill Anderson

    Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street’s Great Railroad War

    I just finished reading this book. While I didn't understand all of the stock market terminology, I enjoyed reading a facet of US history that is not often taught or discussed. http://eh.net/book_reviews/harriman-vs-hill-wall-streets-great-railroad-war/ I checked out a copy from my local...
  19. Bill Anderson

    Stephen Harris Videos

    Lee Witten has edited and digitized Super 8mm home videos taken by Stephen Harris and posted them on You Tube. The videos are of western railroads taken by Harris in the late 60's-early 70's. They offer a great journey back in time to the days of pre-early Amtrak, first and early second...
  20. Bill Anderson

    Stephen Harris Videos

    Lee Witten has edited and digitized Super 8mm home videos taken by Stephen Harris and posted them on You Tube. The videos are of western railroads taken by Harris in the late 60's-early 70's. They offer a great journey back in time to the days of pre-early Amtrak, first and early second...




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