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Station stop Spokane,the conductor with his two way radio protects the rear end of the train from the rear door window of the last coach car on the Amtrak # 8 Empire Builder. Outside the Yardmaster hoops orders to the arriving # 28 that has come up from Portland its engine will be uncoupled then...
What a surprise on a foggy morning Amtrak # 7 the Empire Builder Chicago to Seattle comes in to Seattle this day with King Tut on point with a Geneis #42 nice # for a P-42 and a Cascades.After letting passengers off at King St. station on it comes thru the coach yard fresh out of the wash...
# 8 Amtrak the Empire Builder pulls out of Edmonds Wa.station stop on its way to Chicago as it pass M.P.-18 and a baretable waiting its turn in the hole on main # 2, and the beach goers enjoy the action from the beach at low tide.
A shortened Empire Builder passes through Grizzly, Montana on its way East. Due to the flooding in North Dakota, the train was running between Seattle, Washington and Havre, Montana, being reversed in Havre, and retuning West that same afternoon.
Normally #7 rolls across the Spokane river East of Spokane in the middle of the night. On 2/3/2011 they were 13 hours late, making this picture possible. 2 of the 3 P42 units failed enroute, requiring the assistance of clean BNSF 5299.
Amtrak # 7 westbound Empire Builder 5 1/2 hours late going through Edmonds Wa.,with its lead Genesis unit out of service somewhere along the way and being haul with a DASH-9.Also MoW signal gang working on the eastbound signals.
As the Empire Builder #8/#28 eastbound for Chicago, makes a station stop at Whitefish Montana,the sun is just rising above the mountains of Glacier National Park. A mega grain train is waiting along side the Builder for the light to head west and Rocky watchs the action as he looks on.
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