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One of the few Z trains to assault Oregon's Blue Mountains is the Z-SKWAP (and WASK) better known as the "Super Fruit". This train is designated to haul fruit products from a facility near Wallula, WA to the Midwest and is made up entirely of refrigerator cars. Here the empty refers...
A variety of power has been used over the years in Oregon's Blue Mountains. Heavy grain trains, such as this GS-BRSE, used to be split in two and assigned 2 SD40-2s on either end. Today's operations see full grain trains with 3 4,000 horsepower units on the point and 4 more 3/4 of the way...
Here is the crew doing their last minutes checks as the steamer is releasing steam in the usual spots near and in the cab. This was my 1st time actually chasing a steam train without the huge railfan crowds around.. What a noticable change.
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