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FP Engineer
Monday evening (7/2) at about 6:30pm, C-NAMRBE-52 derailed right in the middle of the samll town of Mesa, WA, littering 20-36 cars along the Lakeside Sub.

Tuesday Morning I headed north to check out the mess in Mesa.
By 0700, the coal gons were moved free of the ROW, BNSF was setting panel track in place on the Main while the work train was using the siding.
Hulcher was removing some of their equipment while they and Apollo Construction (local contractor) was moving the piles of coal off the tracks.

After an hour of walking around the public areas taking pictures (unlike some idiots climbing all over/through the damaged railcars) the BNSF Police arrived to secure the area.

Here are shots I was able to get:

As I left, I heard crews mentioning other trains may start to use the siding, although is looked to be in rough shape, but this maybe why there wern't many trains stacked up around Pasco.

Ballard Beaver

ballard beaver
i heard they are detouring bnsf trains down the ayer sub. is this true? where do bnsf trains get back on their own trackage?


FP Engineer
I only heard about one eb (northbound) empty grain train that went up the Ayer sub at about noon Tuesday. They would get their UP Pilot at Wallula after they head through the Pasco grain yard, across the Snake River and through Villard Jct.
It appears at least the Chicago-Portland z-trains went through Seattle.


New Member
It appears at least the Chicago-Portland z-trains went through Seattle.

I can confirm that. I was shooting a Z-train this afternoon that identified itself as the Chicago to Portland. I was confused as I'd never heard a Chicago-Portland train coming through Seattle. I guess I now know why it was here...



Railfan Photographer
Hmm..a Z-PTLCHC came into Spokane from Pasco this afternoon about 5pm so apparently they let through some trains. Other than that one train and the empty grain train off the UP Ayer sub it was dead on the Lakeside Sub.


FP Engineer
Well Amtrak 28 went through this evening so progress was made to open the line.
It's odd that the BNSF website has not posted a Service Advisory for this incident (maybe everyone was already on vacation). 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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