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    BNSF track projects, WA State 2014

    Interesting about the English siding project. I know one of the farmers real well, but he actually leases a little bit of the land from the BNSF on the far north end.
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    GorgeRail 2013

    For those interested, here's a link to the show I presented. Big thanks goes to Steve Carter for all his help in putting it together. http://www.photodex.com/share/ottercove/kpk2pmg4
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    SD 60M on the Aniie Branch

    BNSF north end fans: a single green/white face BNSF SD 60M is out switching Fredonia on the Anacortes Branch this morning...11/20. Martin Burwash
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    The Railroad Press Magazine

    I hope they are. I feel bad that I don't submit more often. For my money, they actually do a very good job with black and white reproduction. I've always been happy with how my photos look in the magazine. Martin Burwash
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    UP/SP in the Far North

    A little late, but a northbound freight on the B'ham Sub went past Fir/Conway this morning with a UP and SP unit in consist. BNSF was leading, then the UP with the SP trailing. Might want to watch for them if they return south.... Martin Burwash
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    The Big Year (Movie)

    Didn't see the movie but read the book and completely enjoyed it, largely because of the similarities with railfanning! Martin Burwash
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    Steam locomotives stalled in tunnels?

    Happened up on the Great Northern's old line to Wellington prior to the eletrification. A passenger train stalled in the original Cascade Tunnel and the head-end crew became unconcious as were many of the passengers. Fortunately, as the story goes, one of the passengers was a rail and was able...
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    old stevens pass route and original Cascade Tunnel

    Well, it seems your hind sight is as it always is for us, 20-20. I pretty much disagree on every point you make concerning the factors leading to the Wellington slide, but that's actually a side issue. Again, given what the Board knew in 1925, given the history of the line from 1893-1925, I...
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    old stevens pass route and original Cascade Tunnel

    Curious, have you been at the Cascade Tunnel and observed a cycle or two? I'm assuming you know of the operational procedures including the door, the variable speeds of the two fans, etc. I ask, because your latest post makes me wonder. On whether or not the location of the current tunnel...
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    old stevens pass route and original Cascade Tunnel

    To put this discussion in a proper historical context, I'd suggest reading Paper No. 1809 found in Vol. 96, 1932 journal of the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is a three part detailed symposium concerning the construction of the 8-mile tunnel. It gives some insights as to the "why's."...
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    old stevens pass route and original Cascade Tunnel

    "Route two" was to replace the old switchbacks as mentioned, (which were always viewed as "temporary") and was always a part of the original plan for the GN over Stevens. When Haskell found the pass and he and Stevens surveyed the route, a two mile summit tunnel was part of the alignment. Hill...
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    old stevens pass route and original Cascade Tunnel

    Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it....when it comes to Stevens Pass the GN/BN/BNSF are smart enough not to repeat it. I also read the TRAINS article, and although the author made an interesting case, he ingored a fair amount of reality. For one, his new proposed line that gave...
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    old stevens pass route and original Cascade Tunnel

    And what about the old line up Avalanche Alley? Any ideas other than what the GN had to do....cover the entire route with snow sheds.... Martin Burwash
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    Milwaukee road trestle in Tacoma.

    Another View Here's a shot I took back in the day: http://www.railroadforums.com/photos/showphoto.php/photo/43674/title/super-helper-set/cat/500 Martin Burwash
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    MRL 100256 wrecker

    Very cool photos, Brent! Martin Burwash
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    "Developing process"

    Don't sweat all this techno talk...you have to start with a good photo to begin with, and that takes the most technically advanced photographic system known to man...your eye working in league with your brain and imagination. To really hone in that technology, you just got to get out there...
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    What Boots Do You Wear?

    Also wore White's for years farming...switched to Danners due to them being water proof. Might be just me, but even with constant greasing, my Whites tended to start leaking in under a year. Don't even wear rubber boots ditching anymore, Danners hold up great in water, stay warm and dry. Had...
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    What Boots Do You Wear?

    Some guys are Democracts, some are Republicans, I'm a Danner man. Danner "quarry" style boots, made in Portland, Ore, feel like a broke in pair of slippers when you first put them on. http://www.danner.com/?gclid=CNH56NfPyq0CFWgaQgodWxhRhA Life's short, buy expensive shoes. Martin Burwash
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    Comment by 'martin burwash' in media 'all CP power'

    Agree, Hobo. Have seen plenty of the CN version of this train, first time I've seen an all CP consist. When it went south through Mt. Vernon, had 3 units on the point, and no DPU.




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