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  1. Do not park on or near the RR tracks.

    Do not park on or near the RR tracks.

    While student engineering in Ballard we encounter a van parked to close to the tracks in perfect of a sign stating not to park on or near the tracks. Also a interesting note the building the sign is on also owns the van parked near the tracks.
  2. Ballard Terminal 98

    Ballard Terminal 98

    Finally caught the elusive Ballard Terminal 98, as it passes under the BNSF mainline at Bridge 6.3
  3. Out in the Sticks

    Out in the Sticks

    Switching in rural Ballard, Washington (part of Seattle since 1907).
  4. About to Meet

    About to Meet

    BNSF 2158 is heading north (timetable east) on Main One pulling two loads of cement. In a few moments it will be dropping down the hill to the interchange track for a meet with the Ballard Terminal Railroad. Two empty cement cars and three loads of fish are already there waiting along with the...
  5. A Trail Runs Through It

    A Trail Runs Through It

    The view is from the cab as Ballard Terminal Railroad #98 waits for cross-traffic. A forklift breaks from loading operations to remove a sound barrier that is blocking the tracks. The City of Seattle plans to run a bicycle trail through here. My kids won't be allowed to play here.
  6. Lotsa Fish

    Lotsa Fish

    Ballard Terminal Railroad #98 waits for the completion of loading frozen fish brought down from Alaska by ship. When loading is done, the loads will be pulled and more empties will be spotted on the siding. Note the spacing between the empties on the main line (to allow forklifts to load both...
  7. Ballard Then

    Ballard Then

    This photograph appears in Charles and Dorothy Woods' fine book on the Great Northern Railway published by Pacific Fast Mail - Edmonds Washington. The photograph is attributed to Wally Swanson. (Thank you all!) The Empire Builder is detouring around Bridge 4 in 1948 while repairs are made...
  8. Unusual Delivery

    Unusual Delivery

    After re-railing an empty reefer, a BNSF Mantis completes the delivery to the interchange at Ballard. The reefer had gone on the ground at the de-rail switch up the hill.
  9. Amtrak Cruising Thru Ballard

    Amtrak Cruising Thru Ballard

    Amtrak 467 leads the Talgo from Bellingham (thru Ballard) into Seattle. The track in the foreground is the beginning of the "Ballard Low Line".
  10. BNSF Job 114 From Ballard

    BNSF Job 114 From Ballard

    BNSF Job 114 is just south of Bridge 4 returning from the Ballard Low Line with the cars delivered earlier in the day by the Ballard Terminal Railroad.
  11. Looks Big From Here

    Looks Big From Here

    After cleaning the gravel off the tops of the rails, Ballard Terminal Railroad #98 continues on its way to the interchange track.
  12. Outside the Pen

    Outside the Pen

    Ballard Terminal Railroad SW-1 #98 sits outside the locomotive pen ready to make a run along the Ballard waterfront.
  13. Thru the Parking Lot

    Thru the Parking Lot

    Ballard Terminal Railroad SW-1 #98 pauses in the empty parking lot of Hiram's Restaurant, next to the government locks on Salmon Bay.
  14. Night Cement Delivery

    Night Cement Delivery

    The Ballard Terminal Railroad is delivering two loads of cement to Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel in Seattle, WA. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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