im not a rail but i imagine that they run em over stevens because there still might be track work on fallbridge, or maybe just to remove congestion on fallbridge in general. i think the grades are steeper on stampede than on scenic. and from what i have seen the extra trains running over stampede have been eastbounds. generally i am still only seeing the one westbound per day.
also i have not been seeing that many grainers over scenic as i thought there would be. last year there were like two per day. i dont think they are running em that much at the present moment.
on a side note, there are some congestions problems on scenic right now. dont know if it is due to maintenance or what, but just heard on the wenatchee radio that "every siding is full" and they have crew vans going to get dead crews at cashmere, leavenworth, winton...
We're staying in Leavenworth for several days. Went out this afternoon to do a little train watching and saw an empty eastbound coal in the hole at Leavenworth and an eastbound freight (EVESPO?) with mid-train dpu's tied down at Cashmere.
Thanks to BNSF congestion, we ended up visiting the Aplets and Cotlets store. Ugh.
Whacha mean, "ugh?" Great mini-industrial tour, and great treats! My dad ran excursion trains to Cashmere back in the 60's and the shop was one of the highlights of the tour!
Any idea why the westbound was holed up in Cashmere (Bell crossing) all morning?
There have been a bunch of trains over the pass in the last few days.
I count 20 trains over Stevens for Monday.
Busy day on the Scenic sub. An EB empty coal had DP problems in the tunnel and things snowballed from there. Lots of dead trains and dogcatches. The loaded grainer made it up and over Stevens without any problems (I was on board.)
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