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    BNSF 4424 and the Amtrak Cascades 513

    On a beautiful May morning, BNSF 4424, a GE C44-9W built in 1999, shunts grain cars into the Louis Dreyfus Grain Terminal in Seattle. A friendly wave by the engineer is always appreciated! Soon after, Amtrak 513, the Cascades, diverges onto main 1 and passes BNSF 5993 waiting for the green at...
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    Amtrak 7, An Oil Train, and Power Moves

    A weekend in Port Angeles, WA gives us the opportunity to video some of the ships that come close to drop of their pilots before heading down the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A cold morning at Carkeek Park north of Seattle reveals just one train; Amtrak 7, the Empire Builder. Back along the...
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    BNSF 7802 Leads a Northbound Coal Train at Carkeek Park

    On this cold may morning, it wasn't surprising to see few people at Carkeek Park north of Seattle, but it was surprising to see several blue herons! With no room in Stacy Yard, BNSF 3838 waits at MP 10.3, but BNSF 7802 makes it's run northbound toward the coal terminal at Roberts Bank.
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    Return of the Rocky Mountaineer!

    Spring in Seattle means the return of cruise ships and the Rocky Mountaineer! On a beautiful Saturday, May 20, 2017, the first of several Rocky Mountaineer trains arrives in Seattle.
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    Video from National Train Day May 13, 2017

    Video from last week's National Train Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017
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    CN Oil Train at the North Portal, Seattle

    On it's way to the refinery in Tacoma, a CN oil train moves through the North Portal, Seattle.
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    Renton Rocket Moves Through Seattle North Portal

    April 23, 2017 BNSF 2087, a GP38-2 built in May 1972, leads the Renton Rocket through the Seattle North Portal. These Boeing fuselages are built in Wichita and shipped by rail to Renton, WA where they become finished 737's. Shortly after follows BNSF 4054, a C44-9W, leads BNSF 1045, BNSF 5984...
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    Amtrak 156 Pulls the Empire Builder Through Seattle's North Portal

    I caught AMTK 156 at Seattle's North Portal this morning, pulling the Empire Builder.
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    AMTK 510 Pulls Amtrak Cascades 510 through Carkeek Park, Seattle

    This is from July 2015, but I thought it was kind of cool. I didn't realize how cool it was at the time.
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    An Hour on the BNSF Scenic Subdivision

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    Carkeek Park North of Seattle

    Carkeek Park north of Seattle WA is one of the best places to railfan. There's a bridge over the tracks and the Puget Sound in the background!
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    Deadhead Amtrak 7 and Dead Garbage Train

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    BNSF 5233 Pulls Amtrak 7 into Seattle

    It's not every day you see an Amtrak train being pulled by a freight engine. Amtrak 7, the Empire Builder is being pulled into Seattle by BNSF 5233 on February 26, 2017.
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    Rail Activity at Seattle's North Portal 2-12-2017

    Service disruptions between Seattle and Everett, WA due to mudslides and fallen trees prevented the Empire Builder and Cascades from providing scheduled service for a day or so. Yesterday things were back to normal.
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    Train Traffic Congestion at the Seattle North Portal

    January 27, 2017, and there was lots of traffic at Seattle's North Portal during the evening rush hour!
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    Seattle North Portal Trains, January 21, 2017

    Trains along Seattle's North Portal, recently.
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    New Year's Eve 2017 in Seattle!

    December 31, 2016, New Year's Eve, and it's 34 degrees outside. Down to the waterfront I go intending to catch the Empire Builder and the Cascades 513. These aren't very interesting, but I was fortunate enough to catch a stack train. I have an amazing view of the Space Needle from my apartment...
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    Amtrak Seattle to Leavenworth Snow Train On the first three Saturdays in December, Amtrak runs a special train from Seattle to Leavenworth, WA over Stevens Pass. Here it is passing the North Portal, preceded by Amtrak 510. Special thanks to the Cascade engineer for the big wave!
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    A Pair and Four ACe's in Washington State.

    Here's a pair of coal trains with one being led by three SD70 ACe's. The other ACe is DPU on the other train.
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    BNSF 4270 and BNSF 8432, North Portal, Seattle

    A cold and rainy November day along the Seattle waterfront yields two interesting trains. First is BNSF 4270, an old GB B23-7 originally built for the AT&SF, leads a short manifest train through the North Portal. It appears to be recently repainted in BNSF colors. Also interesting in this... 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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