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    Help with identification. Old sign/marking

    You're right about the current standard whistle pattern and boards for approaching a grade crossing. Prior to things like gcor, the individual roads often had their own and distinct whistle patterns. Also, these boards may not be crossing whistle boards, but used somewhere else, such as yards or...
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    Help with identification. Old sign/marking

    Likely whistle boards, pre date g-cor, and tell engineer to use two long and two short whistles.
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    What was the purpose of this chimney looking thing in this swinging bridge photo?

    Yes, the bigger thing on the left is clearly part of an old railroad bridge. The standpipe(?) like thing on the right is an open question, though. How close is it to the bridge pier? It's hard to tell from the angle of the photo. Is there an outfall pipe below it that dumps into the river?
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    What was the purpose of this chimney looking thing in this swinging bridge photo?

    How about this: it has nothing to do with the railroad?
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    Northwest Detours and track conditions

    Does anyone out there have accurate information about Stampede? Are they going to finally do something about the tunnel, such as enlarge or bore a new one? Have the Yakima Valley Sub and the Stampede Sub received PTC? Does BNSF intend to resume bi-directional operations at some point? Any plans...
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    BNSF derailment on Yakima Valley Sub

    There was a derailment yesterday near the town of Mabton on BNSF's Yakima Valley Sub. Engines and several cars on the ground on an eastbound grainer. It looks like the cause was a trucker who collided with the train. Not sure how someone could miss seeing an oncoming train at this crossing, as...
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    Bridge burned, Benton Co. WA

    I thought so, this trestle just didn't seem like the CWRR bridge at Gibbon. In the lower valley, UP stuck to north side of Yakima River. Really no idea where this burning trestle was, but it isn't crossing the Yakima that I know of. Maybe somewhere in the Palouse wheat country, since there's a...
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    Bridge burned, Benton Co. WA

    That could be expensive to repair. Since, if that's the old bridge at Gibbon, repairs will be necessary; that's the only connection to the outside world (BNSF) for Central Washington RR line to Sunnyside and Granger. And yes, they do move a lot of cars everyday. Hope Brig Temple has insurance!
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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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    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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