Western Washigton Shortline and Branchline Operations

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Loleta Fernbridge

I'm interested in revisiting some locals and shortlines in western Washington State, and am looking for some current operating information, as it's been a few years since I lived in Bellingham. Here's what I used to know and would like to know:

BNSF Sumas switcher: used to go to Lynden on Tuesdays and Fridays. Still the case?
BNSF Sumas road train: departed Everett late afternoon, arriving at Bulrington early evening. Sometimes made it to Sumas in daylight. Is it now an evening job out of Sumas?
BNSF Annacortes: The Annie left Burlington midday for Annacortes.
Ballard Terminal: I think this used to run on Sunday nights.
Mount Vernon Terminal: I don't know if this even still exists.
Meeker Southern: I know nothing about this one, but would like to see it.
Former BNSF Woodinville Sub.: Now a shortline, the East Side Switching RR or some such. When does this run?
BNSF Renton job, with street running: I think this was a daily job in the late morning.
Former Weyerhaeuser line to the landfill at Headquarters: on duty Longview at 2:30am, a couple hours later on Mondays. Is that still the case?

Any help welcome. I'll post photos upon my return.
Loleta Fernbridge


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> Mount Vernon Terminal: I don't know if this even still exists.

I think it does, but in a much truncated manner. They get some tank cars and covered hoppers from the BNSF right where it crossed underneath I-5. They seem to do a pretty decent transload business there. Probably less than a mile from end to end, and it looks like an HO scale switching layout. They do pack a lot of track and cars into a small space though. They have two small enginehouse/shop buildings, pretty much directly under I-5.


The street trackage is gone, and has been for some time.

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