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  1. MILW final to Sumas

    MILW final to Sumas

    The last glimpse of MILW operations on the Sumas Branch March 31 1980. This shot taken north of Bellingham with the last few minutes of daylight.
  2. MILW Sumas Branch

    MILW Sumas Branch

    This shot pretty much tells the story of how crappy the MILW Sumas Branch became by the end in 1980. Zero maintainence ever. Believe it or not, they ran everything that the Tacoma roundhouse had including U36C\'s up this line.
  3. MILW at Sumas WA

    MILW at Sumas WA

    MILW 1506 Sumas Local bringing cars from the CP/BCH interchange by the MILW Sumas Depot. The "thing" hanging down at the top of the photo is a very unique orderboard.
  4. MILW Sumas

    MILW Sumas

    MILW 1508 bringing interchange from the CP-BCH by the MILW Sumas WA depot in 1978.
  5. MILW Sumas orderboard

    MILW Sumas orderboard

    Unique makeshift orderboard at the Milwaukee Sumas WA depot.
  6. Nooksack River Bridge

    Nooksack River Bridge

    Milwaukee Sumas Branch Nooksack River Bridge at Everson WA in 1976.
  7. 5 minute wait

    5 minute wait

    Inbound MILW Sumas Local arrives at the MILW/BN slapboard protected crossover in Bellingham WA and waits the standard 5 minutes before proceeding into their yard. August 1979
  8. Holding Pattern

    Holding Pattern

    Inbound MILW Sumas Local holds up short of the road crossings at Bellingham WA waiting for chance to cross the BN and into their yard. August 1979.
  9. waiting game

    waiting game

    Inbound MILW Sumas Local holding back of the road crossings awaiting the opportunity to cross the BN and into their yard at Bellingham WA. August 1979.
  10. Mid Summer

    Mid Summer

    Here the Sumas local is on the north side of the US/Canada border on CPRail trackage at Huntingdon, B.C. Sumas Wa, is just in the distance behind the locomotives. This power is about to lift an interchange from the Southern Railway of BC and take it south. Taken at 8.35pm on a very warm...
  11. Gravity Drop at Lynden, WA

    Gravity Drop at Lynden, WA

    Brakeman Ken Royal rides the cut while brakeman Algee Baldwin mans the switch while doing a gravity drop at Lynden, WA in April of 2002. Lynden is located in NW WA near the Canadian Border. It is at the end of an 11 mile branch off of BNSF's Sumas Subdivision. These cars are going to the... 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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